Hackney households hit hard by benefits freeze as figures show a 61% increase in families now subject to the cap in 2017


The Liberal Democrats have commented on figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions last week that show a 61% increase in the number of households in Hackney subject to the benefits freeze following changes to the benefit system in November 2016.

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"This is not the exercise in transparency that it should be, in fact it is the complete opposite."-Lib Dems comment on the release of only 15 fire risk assessments by Hackney Council


Dave Raval, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Hackney South and Shoreditch has commented on the release of the first 15  fire risk assessments promised by the Mayor of Hackney and Hackney Council, following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

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Pauline Pearce, AKA The Hackney Heroine, comments on news that the object Rashan Charles swallowed did not contain a controlled substance


An update from the police watchdog on the death of Rashan Charles following his arrest in Hackney has Revealed the object Mr Charles swallowed "did not contain a controlled substance."

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Worrying Trend of Violence in Schools highlighted by Latest Exclusion Figures


Figures released detailing levels of permanent and fixed-period exclusions for 2015/16 highlight a worrying trend of violence in our schools with thousands of young people being excluded for violent or threatening behaviour.

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Sharp rise in knife crime and dangerous offences shows a record of failure by the Government. Mayor of London must also reconsider closing police neighbourhood offices.


Violent crime has risen by 18% across England and Wales in the last year, according to new statistics today. The Liberal Democrats said the figures revealed the government's "record of failure" on crime.

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Vince Cable declared Leader of the Liberal Democrats


Vince Cable has been declared Leader of the Liberal Democrats with the backing of every one of the party’s MPs, succeeding Tim Farron.

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Lib Dems- If Prevention is better than cure, we should be expanding access to community policing, not reducing it.

The Hackney Liberal Democrats have commented on plans set out in the Mayor of London's new policing strategy that would leave Hackney with only one police front counter and fewer neighbourhood contact points as part of cost-saving measures.
The proposals would see 40 of London’s 73 front counters shut, leaving one 24-hour counter in each of the capital’s 32 boroughs.
Shoreditch Police station is on the proposed closure list.
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Lib Dems call for compulsory electrical safety checks in all rented homes

IMG_0276.JPGSpeaking in the House of Commons on the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP called on the Government to introduce compulsory electrical safety tests in all rented homes to protect tenants.

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7 in 10 fear never being able to afford own home with Hackney most expensive place to buy in whole of the UK

IMG_0270.JPGShocking new data, released today shows that the dream of owning a home is slipping away from millions, as 7 out of 10 renters say that they worry that they cannot afford to buy.  The Liberal Democrats have said that this data shows that ‘we are seeing the death of a truly affordable home in vast swathes of Britain’.

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Hackney Lib Dems welcome intervention from Diane Abbott as they launch petition calling on the Mayor of Hackney to fit sprinklers to all tower blocks in the borough


Last week the Hackney Liberal Democrats launched a petition calling on the Mayor of Hackney and Hackney Council to fit all tower blocks in the borough with sprinkler systems.  http://www.hackneylibdems.org/hackney_tower_block_sprinklers

Days later in an article for 'Central Lobby', Diane Abbott called on the Government to not wait for the outcome of the Grenfell inquiry to fit sprinklers to all tower blocks, saying that "We don't need an investigation to tell us that water puts out fire, we need sprinklers."

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