Have your say on Hackney's equalities plan

Have your say on Hackney's equalities plan

Residents are being asked to have their say on the Council’s strategy to tackle inequality in the borough.

Hackney is a diverse and accepting borough, but recently it has undergone rapid growth and change, meaning there are often stark inequalities.

Tackling inequality locally is a Mayoral priority, as such the Council has created a Single Equality Scheme to identify issues of discrimination and disadvantage and ensure services are run in a way that promotes community cohesion.

The Council is now asking residents for their feedback on the scheme to ensure it reflects a broad range of equality issues and solutions.

The strategy will help inform decisions in the borough over the next decade, from planning documents and community safety to how children’s centers are run, the scheme will be a backdrop to how all services are designed and delivered.


Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
We have developed a new Single Equality Scheme which sets out the key objectives and actions which we will take to tackle disadvantage, eliminate discrimination and build a stronger community.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

Hackney Council was assessed as excellent on the Equality Framework for Local Government in 2018. The proposed Single Equality Scheme is part of the council’s commitment to community cohesion and was created through conversations with residents and community groups. The draft strategy will look to concentrate on three objectives:

  1. Increase prosperity for all and tackling poverty and socio-economic disadvantage

  2. Tackle disadvantage and discrimination that is linked to a protected characteristic (Age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation)

  3. Building a cohesive and inclusive borough

To have your say, visit consultation.hackney.gov.uk or call Rachel Salmon 020 8356 7732 to request a paper copy and find out about focus groups and resident discussions.

The consultation closes on 30 September

The Council are also organising a series of focus groups for residents. One workshop will be open to all residents, the remaining workshops are for people with learning difficulties, council and housing association tenants and people who are Trans or Non-Binary. Participants will be awarded a £20 gift voucher.

The workshops will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Workshop for people who are Trans and Non-Binary - Tuesday 18 September, 7.00 - 8.30 PM - Register by Friday 14 September 2018.
  • Workshop for people with Learning Difficulties date and time to be confirmed, please register your interest as soon as possible.
  • Workshop open to all residents - Thursday 20 September, 6.30 - 8.00 PM - Register by Friday 14 September.
  • Workshop for social housing tenants - Wednesday 26 September, 7.00 - 8.30 PM - Register by Friday 21 September.

Residents can register their interest for the workshops by here, or by contacting 0208 356 7732, e-mail rachel.salmon@hackney.gov.uk. Places are limited, and only those who are selected to attend the workshop will be awarded the £20 gift voucher.

The workshop will be held in a central Hackney location; details will be given to those selected to attend.