The 2018 United Kingdom local elections are scheduled to be held on Thursday 3 May 2018 – in 65 days
So far Labour and the Lib Dems have announced their candidates for Mayor of Hackney. Labour is putting forward, no surprise, sitting mayor Philip Glanville elected in 2016. The Lib Dems are putting forward Pauline Pearce, the “Hackney Heroine” . Both parties highlight housing and the Lib Dems also violent crime and fire safety in tower blocks. Other parties’ candidates as they come in…….
I am asking for your support to be Mayor of Hackney to build a Hackney that works for everyone.
I’m a dedicated campaigner and fighter who believes in the power of politics to change people’s lives. After ten years as a Councillor in Hoxton West, and six years as Cabinet Member for Housing and now Deputy Mayor, I am now standing to be your Mayor. Here’s why.
The lack of affordable housing in Hackney is by far the biggest problem facing us. Too many are being priced out, too many are languishing on the waiting list for council houses, and far too many desperate families are struggling in temporary accommodation. As Cabinet Member for Housing, I’m proud that we have delivered genuinely affordable council homes to rent and buy against the odds. We’ve now built 268 homes, are onsite building 738 more, and I’ve started work on a second programme of 500 homes with 70% of these new council homes as genuinely affordable, a mix unheard of in London.
Pauline Pearce: A Fresh Start for Hackney
“Hackney Heroine,” Pauline Pearce is your Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Hackney in the local elections on May 3rd 2018.
Pauline, a former jazz singer and mother-of-four, is a passionate campaigner against disability- and age discrimination; and for social housing, health, London youth crime prevention and education.
After decades of rule by one party and a council who don’t seem to care about the local community, Pauline is working to deliver a Fresh Start for Hackney.
With your help, Pauline and her Lib Dem team can make Hackney a borough that works for everyone.
Sprinklers in every tower block
The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower fire must be a wake-up call to improve the standard of tower blocks in Hackney and make them safe.
Experts including London Fire Brigade agree that sprinkler systems save lives.
Pauline believes that Hackney Council has a moral obligation to make their buildings as safe as possible and so they must fit sprinkler systems to all tower blocks in the borough.
It is already law that all new tower blocks must have sprinklers fitted, Pauline believes that residents living in older buildings deserve the same level of safety.
Tackling the root causes of violent crime
There are too many opportunities for people to fall through the cracks, we need a joined up approach. The moment a young person picks up a knife and decides to carry it on the streets they have been failed by the system. Schools, families, social services and the police all have a role in stopping young people getting involved with knife crime.
As mayor, Pauline would create a Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) that would put key decision makers across local government, police, education, health, social and youth services together with local charities and community leaders, working with a clear strategy to identify and focus on the most vulnerable people in Hackney.
Community policing is important, but taking the public health approach to violent crime and focusing resources on prevention rather than just tough policing, will allow us to work with the community to focus on areas we know lead to high rates of violent crime.
It is also crucial that people have access to community services, so Pauline would open many more youth clubs and community centres across Hackney.
Homes for Hackney
Hackney has thousands of people on waiting lists for a home, many spending long periods in hostels or B&Bs. The Government needs to put more money in but we cannot wait around until that happens.
Pauline would set up a Council owned contractor that could borrow the money to build the homes Hackney desperately needs. We would use this money to build proper Council homes and not just ‘affordable’ ones that are often anything but.
As your Mayor Pauline will continue to work to raise standards for all in Hackney, close the inequality gap and ensure that council services can be accessed by under-represented groups.