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Archdeacon of Hackney Rachel Treweek to become next Bishop of Gloucester

‘My overwhelming feeling is one of excitement,’ says the Ven Rachel Treweek

News

Revealed: tampering of exam papers at Hackney primary schools

Schools to be given new guidance as investigations find exam papers at De Beauvoir and Southwold primary schools were compromised

‘Politics is dead': Russell Brand opens café on estate that fought off developers

Comedian and activist says the Trew Era café will be a ‘self-supporting new economic enterprise’ staffed by former addicts

Hackney pulls out of joint borough devolution bid at eleventh hour

Council withdraws from nine borough bid to focus on ‘pan-London approach’ led by London Councils

Joiners Arms campaigners ‘over the moon’ as council upholds listed status

Owners of the pub appeal but council says it is ‘realistic’ that the pub could continue to serve community

Glyphosate used by council ‘probably carcinogenic’ to humans, report finds

Director of Public Health Dr Penny Bevan says council will ‘continue to follow government guidance’

Government blocks Hackney charity from visiting private prisons

‘The depth of paranoia is breathtaking’, says Chief Executive Frances Crook after Ministry of Justice cancels scheduled visits

Moped muggings on the rise in Hackney, police warn

Superintendent Andy Walker urges vigilance as borough sees ‘significant increase’ in moped robberies

Six arrested after violent attack on Stamford Hill synagogue

Police are treating incident as anti-Semitic but there is ‘no suggestion’ attack was planned or targeted

Hackney Wick businesses under threat ‘should alert London Mayor’

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says he is ‘not aware’ of any businesses under threat in Hackney Wick and Fish lsland

UKIP announces parliamentary candidate for Hackney South

Angus Small is to stand as the UKIP candidate for Hackney South and Shoreditch

‘We want a clear, loud Islamic voice’ Eric Pickles tells Hackney mosque

Communities Secretary addresses the ‘bit of bother’ surrounding controversial letter sent to Muslim leaders across UK

Divest Hackney calls on council to end £42m investment in fossil fuels

New campaign puts council’s pension fund in the spotlight as divestment movement turns up the heat on local authorities

Chrisann Jarrett named Young Woman of the Year for campaign Let us Learn

Former head girl at Clapton Girls’ Academy recognised in awards championing achievements of migrant and refugee women

Support workers protest over job cuts at housing association

Housing giant Family Mosaic says redundancies are due to ‘significant savings’ in Hackney Council’s adult social care budget

Fifty apprenticeships in Hackney at risk as Building Lives charity loses funding

Apprenticeship charity loses key construction industry grant

Median Road Resource Centre to close

Residential care unit in Lower Clapton to discharge remaining patients and shut its doors at the end of March

UKIP announces Hackney North parliamentary candidate

Keith Fraser is to stand as Parliamentary candidate for UKIP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Chesham Arms pub saved from further development

Community pub protected for future generations

Boxing Academy to become free school

Specialist school set to convert in 2016 as part of Cameron’s new ‘wave’ of free schools

Fit for purpose? New Care Act standards put to the test

New legislation will standardise care and support from April, but a lack of funding to local authorities and a high threshold to qualify for help may scupper reforms

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Opinion

Titbits – Beards, budgets and a broken statue

Find out who’s namechecked in this month’s diary column

Letter – Having to pay to protest is wrong

We already pay for policing through taxation and should be able to exercise our right to peaceful protest

Leader – Mayor must stand tall to block towers

‘Excessively’ tall buildings are being flung up across the borough – the Mayor should take more of a stand against them

Education

Refreshing ethos: Islington independent school nurtures students for success

North Bridge House Canonbury equips students with the skills for a successful future

Education in Hackney: Cllr Bramble on the challenges ahead

Newly appointed Cabinet Member for Children’s Services on her new role and priorities for the coming school year

Education innovation: unlocking potential at Hackney UTC

Round-up of the latest successes at Hackney UTC as students connect with local tech companies and media agencies