In Hackney, as average levels of relative deprivation continues to decline, the risk is that socio-economic inequalities within the borough become more marked – as the gap between the experiences and outcomes of less affluent longer-established residents and more affluent recent arrivals grows. An extensive community engagement exercise undertaken in 2015 highlighted these concerns among the local population (see the ‘Community cohesion and social networks’ section of this JSNA chapter). A major challenge for the future is how the needs of the diverse communities of Hackney can continue to be met.
The most significant immediate challenge to meeting the needs of low income residents is the financial pressure facing local authorities and partner agencies as a result of central government spending cuts. These developments require a more targeted, joined-up approach to ensure that the focus on vulnerable families and other residents is maintained.