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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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North Londoners are invited to enter the London Upcycling…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Kathryn Johnson on October 3, 2017 at 17:23 — No Comments
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.…Continue
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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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on November 5, 2016 at 21:32 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on October 22, 2016 at 13:04 — No Comments
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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Don't forget to vote for your choice of London Mayor and GLA representatives on 5th May!
You've got three votes:
There's an interesting analysis of the green policies of the main mayoral candidates from Friends of…Continue
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.
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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…Continue
Added by Philip Pearson on April 12, 2016 at 15:31 — No Comments
I've started the petition "To TfL’s Director of Commercial Development, Graeme Craig.: TfL: Set affordable rents. Don't force small businesses out of Hackney" and need your help to get it off the ground. Please can you circulate.
This is another example of the borough being transformed in the interests of big business and not local people.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the…Continue
Added by Richard Payne on July 30, 2015 at 6:32 — No Comments
Banister House Solar offers an exciting new opportunity for individuals and organisations to support the generation of solar power in Hackney and to contribute to wider action to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The project has been 18 months in the planning and it has been a huge achievement to get to this stage.
So far it has raised almost £40,000 towards the target of £142,000 which will make the project actually happen.
Friends of the Earth's Clean British Energy campaign aims to help transform the way Britain produces and uses energy. FoE - and many others - believe that Clean British energy is our best hope for a clean, secure and affordable fuel energy future. Why? Because:…
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