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Tell us what matters most to you in Hackney

Hackney Town Hall

What matters most to you in Hackney? Councillors would like to know what residents’ top priorities and concerns are to help shape this year’s scrutiny work.

Scrutiny Commissions are made up of councillors who work across party-political lines to investigate issues of local concern, and they would like your suggestions on what you would like to see reviewed from June this year.

Topics could include education and culture, streets and parks, crime, or services for older people – or anything else that is important to you.

Your ideas and suggestions will help form next year’s work programme for the five Scrutiny Commissions: Children and Young People; Community Safety and Social Inclusion; Governance and Resources; Health in Hackney; and Living in Hackney.

Good scrutiny plays an important role, drawing on the views and experiences of residents, in developing better policies, improving services, as well as holding the Council and partners to account.

Scrutiny covers the whole range of local public services. Here are just two examples of successful reviews:

  • Childhood Obesity – we made recommendations on how the Council and its partners could improve opportunities for children to play independently. The Council has introduced ‘Play Streets’, which closes streets to cars for a few hours on a regular basis to allow children to play and socialise safely.
  • Digital Divide – we recommended that Council officers provide practical assistance to residents in using services that are available online. The Council has set up a dedicated ICT suite at the Hackney Service Centre and encouraged staff to take on the role of ‘digital champion’, helping residents to increase their confidence in using online services and to develop IT skills.

The deadline for the survey is 29 May – to take part, visit our consultation page or email: scrutiny@hackney.gov.uk or call: 020 8356 3661.