All Blog Posts Tagged 'economy' (24)

Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight

Image: Fairtrade Foundation

Celebrations of Fairtrade Fortnight in Hackney were made extra special this year as, thanks to a grant from Hackney Council, we were able to ‘buy in’  presentations from Ketra Kyosiimire, a visiting female coffee producer from Uganda who gave…


Added by samantha on March 18, 2018 at 9:15 — No Comments

Manifesto for Affordable Workspace

Members of the East End Trades Guild will meet the Hackney and Tower Hamlets mayors on Tuesday 13 March and ask them to commit to their agenda for affordable workspace and a London Living Rent.

The manifesto calls on councils across the capital to:

  • Recognise Community Value of small and micro business to boroughs’…

Added by Kathryn Johnson on March 12, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney

Mayor Philip Glanville invited representatives of Hackney's social enterprise sector to the Town Hall in February to present the results of a consultation with more than 250 SEs to create a Social Enterprise Manifesto for Hackney. 

The manifesto is full of ideas on how Hackney Council can support recognition and development of the sector.  It highlight three strategic aims for the sector locally: promoting awareness & understanding of social enterprise, building…


Added by Kathryn Johnson on March 1, 2018 at 16:44 — No Comments


Recently, we have seen the demise of the outsourcing mogul Carillion under a £1.5bn debt pile with a possible loss of up to 20,000 jobs in the UK. This was followed 2 weeks later by profit warnings of another outsourcing giant, Capita, whose share value plummeted by nearly 50%, wiping £1.5bn of its stock market value. The process of outsourcing public services started under the Thatcher years, but accelerated under the Blair-Brown years with the private/public financing initiatives.…


Added by samantha on February 11, 2018 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

An extra big smile!

Hackney Fixers hosted a busy day of fixing on 3rd February at the Redmond Centre, with over 50 people coming for help with their ailing electrical equipment and clothing.  One happy lady, Elizabeth, asked for “an extra big smile” to be drawn on the fixing log, she was so pleased to have her…


Added by Hackney Fixers on February 9, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

A busy time at Sustainability Awareness day

On Saturday 30th September, at the Sustainability Awareness Day in the Town Hall Square we welcomed members of the public to two stalls, one for Hackney Energy and the other for Sustainable Hackney.
A steady stream…

Added by Sustainable Hackney on October 4, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

The London Upcycling Show & Competition

Following on from last year’s success North London Waste Authority (NLWA) and environmental charity Groundwork London have joined forces to run the London Upcycling Competition 2017.

North Londoners are invited to enter the London Upcycling…


Added by Emily Morshuis on October 4, 2017 at 11:25 — 2 Comments

Ever heard of SDG washing? The urgency of Sustainable Development Goals Due Diligence

 After green washing and blue washing – using a UN logo to signpost sustainability without doing much – the term SDG washing points to businesses that use the Sustainable Development Goals to market their positive contribution to some SDGs while ignoring their negative impact on others. For example, a car company may market their electric cars as saving the climate (SDG 13↑). Yet, the cobalt in their batteries may be mined by…


Added by Kathryn Johnson on October 3, 2017 at 17:23 — No Comments

Education for Sustainability comes into focus

Sustainable Hackney has decided on an additional work stream.  We hope to work with interested parties and organisations wanting to support and encourage educational establishments in Hackney to put sustainability at the heart of what they do and towards Hackney schools adopting the Sustainable Schools Framework.…


Added by Sustainable Hackney on August 1, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Small businesses in Hackney - better to nurture than annihilate

Many already struggling small businesses in Hackney are uniting to oppose new changes proposed by the government to business rates that threaten their very existence. 

The growth of Hackney’s small businesses in the last decade and a half has given the borough a distinctiveness and individuality as well as providing some much needed employment. Between 2004 -2012, the growth rate for businesses in Hackney was 40%, a rate 17% higher than London as a whole.…


Added by Richard Payne on March 5, 2017 at 21:44 — No Comments

Plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton were given development consent last week

Plans for a new incinerator at Edmonton got development consent from the government last week.  The current incinerator will reach the end of it's useful life in 2025 and it's replacement is now apparently planned with even more capacity to take waste from other parts of London.  

Paying for the capital costs of the new plant will put waste disposal costs in…


Added by James Diamond on February 27, 2017 at 18:38 — No Comments

"A city for all Londoners" - Mayor Khan, open up the debate!

Sustainable Hackney has responded to Mayor Sadiq Khan's 'extended manifesto', A City for all Londoners.  It outlines the direction for his review of the London Plan and his other strategies.  It is rich in ambition, but we have called for a rethink as the main concepts of "accommodating growth", "World City" and "good growth underpinning the document are…

Added by Sustainable Hackney on December 11, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

China: Between Clouds And Dreams, Channel 4

A plug for 'China: Between Clouds And Dreams', 7pm, Nov 5th Channel 4.

Catch up if you missed Episode 1, A letter from Russia. This is both a beautiful and moving examination of the responses of children in China to the impacts of pollution and climate change from industrialisation. Starting with school pupils who receive a letter from their Russian counterparts urging them to look after endangered spoon-billed sandpipers migrating to China's coastal flats and…


Added by Richard Payne on November 5, 2016 at 21:32 — No Comments

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

Marxism has for too long been characterised as having a singular preoccupation with the exploitation of labour and the class struggle. However, the works of Marx and Engels always…


Added by Richard Payne on October 22, 2016 at 13:04 — No Comments

Where did Boris spend the regeneration money and on what 2008-2016? What next?

A useful report from Regeneris: Capital Spread: Mapping the GLA's regeneration spend 2008-2016. 

£142m was allocated through four major regeneration grant funds:  the Outer London Fund (OLF), the Mayor's Regeneration Fund (MRF), the High Streets Fund (HSF) and the London Regeneration Fund (LRF). 

Haringey and Croydon…


Added by Kathryn Johnson on August 22, 2016 at 14:13 — No Comments

Where is London's economy?

Where is London's economy? - take a look at Mark Brearley's analysis of just how many of London job's are outside the central area and how…


Added by Kathryn Johnson on May 25, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Don't forget to vote 5th May: who's the greenest candidate?

Don't forget to vote for your choice of London Mayor and GLA representatives on 5th May!

You've got three votes:

  • One for your first and second choice of mayor
  • Another for an assembly member to represent your local constituency (North-East London)
  • A third to choose one of the 11 assembly members who represent the whole city

There's an interesting analysis of the green policies of the main mayoral candidates from Friends of…


Added by Sustainable Hackney on May 3, 2016 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

TfL awards Overground contract to Arriva

Arriva will take over as the operator of the London Overground services from November 2016 including all the Overground services through Hackney.  The franchise will operate for 7 1/2 years with a possible additional two years.



Added by James Diamond on May 2, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

A good city has industry

In "A good city has industry" Mark Brearley looks at how London is "eating itself" consuming the buildings,…


Added by Sustainable Hackney on April 13, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

Carbon pricing - a road to nowhere?

How much longer can we tolerate market-based climate change policies that clearly aren’t working? This is the central challenge in a new report from the New York-based Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, which puts carbon market under its intense spotlight. The…


Added by Philip Pearson on April 12, 2016 at 15:31 — No Comments

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