Pauline Pearce, YouTube's "Heroine of Hackney" of the 2011 London riots, has been chosen by the local Liberal Democrats to run for Mayor of Hackney in this May’s local elections.
Pauline, a former jazz singer and mother-of-four, has been actively involved in a raft of grassroots and political issues since she joined the party in 2012, campaigning passionately on disability discrimination, age discrimination, social housing, health, London youth crime prevention and education.
As your future Mayor of Hackney, Pauline has set out the following priorities-
Sprinklers in every tower block
The Grenfell Tower fire is a tragedy that must never be allowed to happen again. We need to improve the standard of tower blocks in Hackney and we must make them safe.
Fire experts and the Fire Brigade agree that sprinkler systems save lives.
Pauline believes that Hackney Council has a moral obligation to make their buildings as safe as possible and so they must fit sprinkler systems to all tower blocks in the borough.
It is already law that all new tower blocks must have sprinklers fitted, Pauline believes that residents living in older buildings deserve the same level of safety.
Tackling the root causes of violent crime
The moment a young person picks up a knife and decides to carry it on the streets they have been failed by the system. There would have been so many opportunities to reach that person. Maybe at school or maybe if they had been in trouble with the police before. Community leaders or social services may have crossed paths with them, or maybe they just felt like they had no access to help in their community.
There are too many opportunities for people to fall through the cracks, we need a joined up approach.
As your Mayor of Hackney, Pauline would introduce a Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) that would put key decision makers across local government, police, education, health, social and youth services together with local charities and community leaders, working with a clear strategy to identify and focus on the most vulnerable people in Hackney.
Community policing is important, but taking the public health approach to violent crime and focusing resources on prevention rather than just tough policing, will allow us to work with the community to focus on areas we know lead to high rates of violent crime.
It is also crucial that people have access to community services, so Pauline would open many more youth clubs and community centres across Hackney.
Homes for Hackney
Hackney has thousands of people on waiting lists for a home. Many of these people are living in hostels and bed & breakfasts for long periods of time. The Government needs to put more money in but we cannot wait around until that happens.
As your Mayor of Hackney, Pauline would set up a Council owned contractor that would allow us to borrow the money we need to build the homes Hackney so desperately needs.
We would use this money to build proper Council homes and not just ‘affordable’ ones that are often anything but.
As your Mayor Pauline will continue to work to raise standards for all in Hackney, close the inequality gap and ensure that council services can be accessed by underrepresented groups.
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