Tackling Inequalities in a Changing Borough: residents invited to debate
Residents can have their say about how Hackney Council tackles inequality in the borough by taking part in an important debate.
The social shifts in Hackney and the subsequent impact on employment, poverty and community cohesion will be the focus of the Town Hall discussion on November 24.
Social policy experts and authors Bill Kerry and Graeme Cook will inform the debate, called ‘Tackling Inequalities in a Changing Borough’, and they will also answer questions from the floor. The discussion will help shape the Council’s new, wide-ranging community project ‘Hackney: A Place for Everyone’ which, when it launches in the New Year, will listen to residents about how the changes in the borough are impacting them.
There can be no doubt that Hackney is a far better place than it was 10 or 15 years ago – cleaner, safer, and more prosperous. It is a better place to live, to work and to raise a family. But that success has brought with it a whole new set of challenges centred on the widening gap between those at either end of our borough’s social spectrum. We want to create space for people to share their feelings about the way the borough is changing and to tell us how the change is affecting them, in both positive and negative terms. We want people to give us their ideas about how we can promote community cohesion, and protect what is best about Hackney.
As well as residents, councillors and other interested parties have been invited to take part in the discussion which will take place in the assembly rooms from 7pm.
The evening is being hosted by the Council’s Community Safety Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission. To register your interest, go to: Tackling inequality in a changing borough
Follow the discussion on Twitter with #hackneydebate