We Love Stoke Newington is for residents living in the local area providing updates about local meetings, campaigns and useful information. This site is maintained by your local Labour team for Stoke Newington.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Love Hackney Shop Local campaign

Love Hackney tote bag designed by James LongThe Love Hackney, Shop Local campaign has launched again calling on residents and visitors to support local shops and markets and think twice about using plastic bags. 

Businesses participating in Love Hackney, Shop Local have signed a pledge to: 
  • ask customers if they really need a carrier bag (rather than automatically providing one)
  • store plastic carrier bags out of sight, behind counters
  • offer reusable bags instead of plastic bags. 
Another special limited edition tote bag has also been launched. Bags can be picked-up for free from Saturday 25 October when you purchase an item from a participating local shop.

There are loads of businesses in Stoke Newington taking part in the campaign - so join in and show your support for our great local shops on the High Street and Church Street. 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Campaigning to improve the private rented sector

This week Hackney Council resolved to establish a Council-run lettings agency and improve support for private renters. You can read the full text of the motion here.

With average private rent in Hackney at £2,125 per month, letting agents charging up to £500 every move, and some landlords hiking up prices, renting can leave many people in vulnerable situations. We know this is an issue for many Stoke Newington residents and that alongside extortionate prices, conditions in the private rented sector can also be very poor, with tenants reluctant to complain for fear of being evicted.

A Labour government would make three-year tenancies the norm and ban letting agents’ fees for tenants. But we need to make sure we're doing everything we can in Hackney to improve conditions in the private rented sector.

We want to get a large group of private renters in Hackney together so they can share their experience and help the Council make conditions better.

Please support our campaign by signing up here.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Final week to have your say on the future of Hackney Homes

There is an important consultation currently open on the future of housing management in Hackney. 

The Council and Hackney Homes would like your views on the proposal which is to return housing management to the Council.

Hackney Homes was set up in 2006 to manage the improvement of tenants' homes to meet the Decent Homes standard. This is due to be completed in next year.

As the Council's management contract with Hackney Homes is due to end on 31 March 2016, the views of residents are being sought over the future of housing management in the borough. 

The outcome of the consultation will not affect any works scheduled to take place under the current Decent Homes programme or those identified as part of its successor works programme, the Hackney Investment Programme. The outcome of the consultation will not affect anyone's tenancy or lease with the Council either.

There is still time to have your say!

Every registered Hackney Homes secure and introductory tenant and leaseholder will have been sent a letter, a questionnaire and a summary document explaining the proposal. It is important for each person who received a letter to reply by returning the questionnaire or taking part on-line.

If you wish to take part on-line, you should have received a code in your letter, allowing you to respond to the Council's on-line survey.  

You can find that survey here: https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-homes/hhconsultation

Make sure you respond by 31 October, when the consultation will end.