Our borough

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work.

We have achieved a huge amount of which we can be very proud; our services, our schools and our public spaces are all amongst the very best.

Key facts

About Hackney Council

Staff who carry out the day-to-day work of the council are not elected and are not party political. The person who is in overall charge of these staff is the Chief Executive, Tim Shields. Tim is responsible for leading all of Hackney Council's services and the Council's management team. Together,…

Policy, evidence & statistics

Hackney has a wide variety of information about its borough and population at your fingertips, including ward information, housing, economic and health profiles for the borough. This information is known as Hackney's shared evidence base and is used by the Council and our partners to make  decisions. Key facts Hackney has 21…

The Mayor of Hackney

Hackney has had a directly elected Mayor since 2002. The Mayor selects some of the councillors to be part of his Cabinet. Together, they decide what policies should be put before the Council for a vote. Mayor and councillors are elected every four years. Philip Glanville was elected Mayor of…

The Corporate Plan

Keeping Hackney as a place for everyone is our shared vision for the Council. Over the next 4 years we will be approaching this work with a renewed energy and focus. Despite being one of the UK's highest performing local authorities we face significant and ongoing issues. This includes poverty…

The Local Plan

The Local Plan is a series of documents that set out how the geography of Hackney should develop. It outlines what guidelines will meet our communities’ future needs, while retaining what is currently important. To accommodate our future population and economic growth, we examine the amount of housing and employment…

Council of the past 20 years

Hackney was voted ‘Council of the past 20 years’ at the 2016 Local Government Chronicle Awards. The LGC said: "Hackney has during the past 20 years redefined the standards for what councils can achieve. It believes great local government can transform places and change lives. Because of Hackney, the words ‘area of…