Hackney Council has agreed to set up a private housing company to get around government restrictions and provide homes for London Living Rent in a policy that bears a striking resemblance to Liberal Democrat proposals from 2014.
Hackney Lib Dem Vice Chair Simon de Denney has welcomed the new policy but says Labour's version needs to go much further.
The Hackney Liberal Democrats have unveiled their key crime & policing policy for the upcoming local elections in May, announcing plans to create a Violence Reduction Unit in Hackney based on a similar program that has had a dramatic impact in Glasgow and has since been rolled out across Scotland
The Hackney Liberal Democrats have welcomed the backtrack from Mayor Glanville on plans to raise the amount of council tax paid by those entitled to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, but say the 2% rise is still asking the poorest and most vulnerable to foot the bill.
The original Town Hall plans would have seen residents who qualify for the scheme seeing their bills rise by a third- going from paying 15% of the full tax to 20%.
The new Hackney Liberal Democrat executive met for the first time last week with Geoff Payne as new Chair looking to build on the progress made in 2017 into the local elections in May 2018.
Recent fire risk assessments carried out for Hackney Council has revealed that all five tower blocks on Hackney's De Beauvoir Estate have faulty emergency lighting systems and appear to have the same fault leading to questions around which contractor carried out the installation.
Hackney Liberal Democrat campaigner Darren Martin has hit out at Hackney Council over plans to reform its Council Tax Reduction Scheme with a 5% hike on the poorest people in the borough, and has set out alternative plans.
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Liberal Democrat Councillor for Cazenove ward in Hackney Abraham Jacobson has demanded answers on yet another refurbishment debacle of the London Fields lido.
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Hackney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson, Pauline Pearce has welcomed news that the Metropolitan Police has issued new guidance advising officers not to squeeze the jaws of suspects to try to stop them from swallowing drugs.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable, marked Black History Month with a visit to Hackney.
Speaking at the Hackney Lib Dem activist event in Dalston he called for more black historical figures to be taught in schools as part of a more inclusive and diverse school curriculum.