The London borough of Hackney has had an elected Mayor since 2002, when Jules Pipe was elected into office. Mr Pipe argued that Hackney faced series issues at the time; crime rates were high, the council’s finances were in a poor state, and educational attainment was low.
Mr Pipe recognised that before changes could be made in the borough, changes would have to be made to the council itself. His first priorities were to reintroduce good governance and financial competence. In practice this meant improving the lines of communication within the council, developing a shared vision, and pursuing the best value for money for the borough.
The new Mayor set high standards for his team, bringing in experienced people and fostering a performance management culture. Their aim was to improve the services that would benefit the whole community, focussing on projects such as building new schools, resurfacing roads and improving public amenities.
In his view, it remains vitally important to work with other bodies, such as the Police and the London Mayor, to achieve the best results for Hackney. Mr Pipe’s long-term goal is to improve the reputation of Hackney, so as to encourage commercial investment.
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