This week Hackney Council tenants received letters informing them of the rent increase we will face in the new financial year - an average of 6.1%, with an additional 5.1% in service charges.
It is obvious that whilst the knife is being wielded at the national level by the coalition, at local level it will all too often be Labour that is twisting that knife. Such increases look particularly stark when all around Hackney we see both new housing developments for the wealthy and the changes that are deemed necessary to give the borough a bit of spit and polish before the 2012 Olympics. So much for the trickle down theory of economics, that we all gain from such developments.......
The Council's budget for the next 12 months will be discussed at Hackney Town Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 2 March, with lively counter-demonstrations likely. Have such protests worked in the past? Well yes, sometimes - the campaign against the Poll Tax is perhaps the classic example. A fascinating insight into Hackney's radical history comes courtsey of The Radical History of Hackney blog, where several fascinating pamphlets and pdf's have already been uploaded, with more to follow.
Back to the future?