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Budget 2017: Welcome relief for small businesses, but a kick in the teeth for...

This was a Budget spun by a Government that claims to be listening to the struggles faced by ordinary working people. The reality, however, is that Hackney residents are unlikely to benefit from many...

‘Crazy’ business rates will lead to exodus in Hackney

“Unfair” business rate hikes could force out small enterprises, Hackney traders say. Following reassessments by central government, Hackney rates are set to be hit with an average increase of 46 per cent — the second...

Chef lives on breadline to prove it can be done healthily

A chef is reducing his personal weekly food spend to £20, to publicise a new healthy eating charity in Haggerston. Steve Wilson, 30, is a co-founder of Make Kit, a charity which sells subsidised...

YouTube threatens future of Clapton Beauty Parlour

Clapton Beauty Parlour has survived both the Blitz and modern Hackney’s gentrification during the eighty-six years since it opened. But in the era of YouTube Marcia Manning, the daughter of the parlour’s founder Emmanuel Manning,...

Hackney Fashion Hub ‘does nothing for Hackney’

Hackney Fashion Hub might bring the world’s luxury fashion market into the borough but it is not clear how far the local community will feel its benefits. Andrew Simmons, the strategy director of Hackney Fashion...

How does the budget affect Hackney? The borough’s MPs are unimpressed

Meg Hillier warned people in Hackney they face “more hidden pain” after George Osborne delivered  a budget which she claimed underlined the government’s neglect of “people at the rung of the ladder”. In what he...

Spud Brothers spread love of potatoes in Hackney

A “potato-obsessed” chef is launching a stall this Sunday at Chatsworth Road Market, selling all manner of spud-based dishes. Max Grimes, co-founder of the Spud Brothers food stall, told Hackney Post he was tired of...

SMEs in Dalston face struggle to survive

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Dalston may not survive if the government does not increase spending, the financial director of Hackney Co-Operative Developments has said. Anthonia Onigbode, the financial director of Hackney Co-Operative Developments,...

VIDEO: Take a tour of the new Old Castle Cinema

The whirring of the film reel, plush seats and the heady strains of a pipe organ: all are hallmarks of a previous golden age of cinema. And now one company is trying to bring that...

What do Hackney Post readers want from the budget?

George Osborne has unveiled the new budget. What are your hopes and fears about his plans for Hackney? Featured image credit: Lee Davy Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

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Gangs exploiting children for drug deals

Gang members are using children to do drug deals because they will receive a lower punishment if caught, according to a Hackney Council report.