Poverty in Hackney

Speak out about poverty – what’s your experience?

We are planning a series of articles about poverty in Hackney and would like to hear your story. What’s your experience and what impact is poverty having on Hackney residents?

Topics on the agenda include the implementation this October of Universal Credit and the catastrophic effects it could have on people already struggling with difficult situations such as temporary housing, Hackney’s housing situation*, the impact of poverty on physical and mental health and the consequences for children and families.

We will compare national research to local to analyse how poverty is impacting on the borough and on the services we offer. Nationally more than a quarter of charity workers are paid under the living wage – read more. How does this influence services? What’s the Hackney situation and what does this mean for the people you work with?

If you have a story or data to share, please get in touch with our Digital Communications Coordinator, Martyna Glowacka: martyna@hcvs.org.uk.

* At the moment there are no homes available in Hackney at the rent paid by Housing Benefit – the maximum paid for a one bedroom flat is £265 – £268 and the average rent is £353 a week.

Read the articles:

Poverty and the Equalities Agenda – new campaign launched to review the Equalities Act. Read more

Universal Credit (UC) has been fully rolled out in Hackney – the interview with Emma Triggs from Hackney Advice Forum. Read more.