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Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Night Tales will open tomorrow for a seven-weekend stay in Shoreditch in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Starting from 6pm on Friday, this weekend will feature music from Django Django DJ set and Low Life with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. The music line-ups will be announced weekly, as will the special…

REBO wants a “Wimbledon champion from Hackney”

REBO wants a “Wimbledon champion from Hackney”

Andy Murray’s former coach, Mark Petchey, attended the launch last night of the REBO wall project, which provided a tennis practice wall for Hackney’s Concorde Centre. Days before the ATP World Tour finals at the O2, former British number one, Petchey, was joined by local children at the Concorde Centre…

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

St Mungo’s workers celebrate victory over pay cuts dispute

A victory rally replaced St Mungo’s Broadway’s planned strike action today, after executives agreed to meet union demands. Workers at the homeless charity, which runs hostels in Hackney and Lewisham, were set to strike for ten days as bosses announced a £5,000, or 19 per cent, pay cut for new…

Cuts to free legal aid have hit “squeezed middle” hardest

Cuts to free legal aid have hit “squeezed middle” hardest

“Ordinary working people” are being hit hardest by cuts to legal aid, according to a Hackney law charity. A rising number of people who are “too ‘rich’ to be eligible to receive legal aid and too ‘poor’ to afford a private high street lawyer” are seeking advice from free legal…

Abbott: Labour selection for London Mayor “blatantly rigged”

Abbott: Labour selection for London Mayor “blatantly rigged”

Diane Abbott has criticised her party’s methods in selecting a candidate for London Mayor, saying that the timetable is “ridiculously short”. Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, has argued that the timetable is so short it amounts to electoral rigging. She told politics.co.uk: “The timetable is expressly designed…

Protestors agree to take fight against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s proposals to Court of Appeal

Protestors agree to take fight against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s proposals to Court of Appeal

Protestors against the plans for a new Sainsbury’s and flats in Stoke Newington have agreed to take the fight against the development to the Court of Appeal. The Stokey Local community group voted unanimously to challenge last month’s decision by the High Court’s to allow the controversial proposal on the…

St Mungo’s workers to strike again over pay cuts

St Mungo’s workers to strike again over pay cuts

Workers at a homeless charity will begin ten days of strike action this week, after executives slashed the pay of new staff without warning. Employees of St Mungo’s Broadway, which runs hostels in Hackney and Lewisham, will protest from November 5, after senior management announced a £5,000, or 19 per…

Shoreditch residents draw ideas for better parks

Shoreditch residents draw ideas for better parks

Shoreditch residents are being asked to draw and write ideas on four giant white cubes to show how they would like their green spaces improved. The cubes have been installed in four local parks with the best ideas to be implemented by Park Hack. Park Hack is a partnership formed…

Council evictions up by 60 per cent, Greens have revealed

Council evictions up by 60 per cent, Greens have revealed

Council tenant evictions have risen by 60 per cent in one year, a Freedom of Information request by the Hackney Green Party has revealed. The request found 98 people were evicted from their homes between April 2013 and April 2014 due to rent arrears, compared to 61 the year before. Hackney Greens have…

Hack-Ney-Thon competition to revamp council website

Hack-Ney-Thon competition to revamp council website

Residents are being given the chance to demonstrate their technological prowess in the first ever Hack-Ney-Thon, an event aimed at streamlining Hackney council’s website. Participants will be organised into groups and asked to create an effective, tech-based solution to the website’s organisation. The best of these designs will be promoted…