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To harness the #HackneySpirit being shown during the coronavirus crisis, Hackney Council and its many partners across the borough are using this website to engage communities and showcase all the amazing things going on.
Though we are physically apart, we are coming together through this crisis, working together more than ever before to make sure our vulnerable are cared for, the impact of isolation is minimised and using our pride in the borough to be a more cohesive community.
Get creative, keep active and stay connected to your community, as we work together to get through the coronavirus crisis.
To harness the #HackneySpirit being shown during the Coronavirus crisis, Hackney Council has created a website to engage communities and showcase all the amazing things still going on across the borough.
The site will contain links to online resources being created by organisations in Hackney and beyond to help support people during the pandemic. From workouts to art classes and education advice to local businesses, there is something for everyone.
Last night we received the devastating news that Rabbi Avrahom Pinter – a leading figure in Stamford Hill and former Hackney councillor – has passed away, after contracting coronavirus.
Rabbi Pinter was known to many across the borough as a kind and compassionate man, who worked tirelessly to support the Charedi community, as well as the wider Hackney community. He was an incredibly active public servant; a former Labour councillor, he remained very involved in Council-life, playing a role in our faith network and Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission. He was also very proud to be principal of Yesodey Hatorah School, which both he and his late wife Rachel worked so tirelessly to develop for the young people in his community.
Tributes have been pouring in from national politicians and leaders in the Jewish community, showing the important role he also played in national life. But his first priority was always Stamford Hill and the community there. Most recently, we had been working closely with Rabbi Pinter to reinforce local public health messages during Passover, and it is no exaggeration to say that his dedication to shaping and sharing these vital messages will have saved countless lives.
Rabbi Pinter was one of a kind; larger than life, an experienced man who often used his sharp wit and humour to illustrate his points and disarm those he sought to influence. He went out of his way to make our borough a better place to live and to build and better our understanding of each other, especially through his commitment to interfaith work. I will miss him, as will the Council and the borough.
My thoughts are with his family, friends and many colleagues today. Very few of us will be able to directly say goodbye, but to paraphrase the Jewish traditional message on someone’s passing – may his friendship, memory and lasting legacy be a blessing.
You may find it interesting to read an interview from our Museum archives, which Rabbi Pinter gave as part of a Hackney Museum project exploring the Jewish History of Stamford Hill in the 1930s-1950s – it really gives a sense of his pride in their community.
This loss sits alongside the dreadful news that over 12,000 lives have now been recorded lost in this country due to this awful virus. Rabbi Pinter’s passing is an all too real reminder of how serious and indiscriminate coronavirus is. This isn’t something that happens to other people; it’s affecting Hackney families and communities on a daily basis. Tragically, Rabbi Pinter is just one of many local people we have lost too soon.
Some of them were also community leaders or dedicated public servants, others less well known, but in death all of them leave behind family and friends who will be grieving in extremely difficult circumstances. Our thoughts are with them all.
While, inevitably, details have not been made public about all of those who have passed, I would like to pay tribute to some of them, including Homerton Hospital Consultant Urologist Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, a dedicated NHS worker who died aged just 53; bus driver Nadir Nur, a familiar face to those who took the 394, who died at 48; and Thomas Harvey, a nurse who lived in Clapton, who devoted 20 years of his life to the NHS, and died at 57.
We have also, sadly, learned of the deaths of several Windrush elders who took part in our celebrations over the last couple of years; of a stalwart of the business community in Stoke Newington; a Kurdish community leader and a mosque elder.
Every person lost means something to someone, and the pain we feel is exacerbated by the lack of being able to come together as a family or community to comfort and grieve in the normal way, and I hear the real growing anger around concerns about access to PPE, inequity in the care system and questions about whether the NHS has the resources it needs.
As we try to come to terms with these losses and the impact of the virus on our lives, I’m still touched to hear of the acts of kindness taking place all the time across Hackney; from the neighbours doing shopping for each other, to phone calls to check in on those self isolating alone, the redeployed council officers delivering food, the huge volunteering effort, and donations made to Hackney Giving. These acts bring comfort during these difficult times.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help during this time, you can contact us on 020 8356 3111 or visit hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-support
To find out more about the Council’s response to coronavirus visit our website.
An online system for local businesses to apply for grants of up to £25,000 to support them during the Coronavirus pandemic has launched – with around 350 companies already receiving payments.
Hackney Council is managing the payment of grants from the Government’s Coronavirus Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, in addition to business rate relief.
More than £3m has already been paid to companies whose bank details are held by the Council, but the majority of businesses must submit their details online so their claim can be processed.
The grants are part of the Council’s £100m support package for the borough’s businesses, which also includes rent deferrals for its commercial tenants, the suspension of fees and charges and immediate payment terms for suppliers.
The Council’s Hackney Business Network continues to issue weekly email updates to members, as well as online and social media updates of support as it is announced. Answers to frequently asked questions about the grant schemes are also available.
Businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) with a rateable value of over £15,000 and under £51,000 will be eligible to receive a £25,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates.
Businesses classed as within retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) with a rateable value up to and including £15,000 will be eligible to receive a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 in addition to their relief from business rates.
Businesses who receive small business rates relief will be eligible to receive a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 on top of their existing relief.
The Council will continue to press ministers on behalf of businesses who are not eligible for these grants or existing business rate relief.
This is an extremely overwhelming and confusing time for many of Hackney’s young people.
We’re aware that it may be hard for them to understand the current situation and the breadth and depth of the news they may come across both on TV and social media. To help with this we have created a page on the Young Hackney website which we hope will prove useful.
Staff from Young Hackney are on hand to support parents and carers in providing fun, educational and interactive online activities.
You can also sign up to our weekly Young Hackney newsletter for details of virtual activities and support, and follow Young Hackney on social media.
Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home.
Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Schools can continue to provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is not possible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to families electronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access.
The vouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S.
Parents will receive the voucher through their child’s school, which can then be redeemed online via a code, or sent to their house as a gift card and used at supermarkets across the country.