HACKNEY’S population is officially 246,300. That’s the finding of last year’s census and compares with the 2001 Hackney count of 202,800. The latest figure is more than that of Peterborough and other recently designated cities.
The Office of National Statistics says that 86 per cent of households in the borough, which stretches from Finsbury Park in the north to Shoreditch in the south, returned their census form last year, which means the figures are 14% inaccurate. They were even less useful in 2001, when 28% of Hackneyites did not take return census forms. Those figures refer to locals who were contacted and do not include people not officially known.
Hackney council immediately piggybacked on the ONS announcement. The Mayor, Jules Pipe, said: “For years we’ve been making the case to the ONS and [the] government that the population of Hackney has been significantly undercounted, and that this has had an adverse impact on the funding allocated to the borough.”
He was unable to put a figure on “significantly undercounted”. But the council’s press office did include this quotation from the Mayor, “I’d like to thank residents who took the time to fill in their census forms and help us gain a much more realistic picture of the number of people living in Hackney today”.
It is a pity that the council site on Hackney population was not mentioned rather than a quotation patronising residents.
Hackney’s summary of research is clearly presented, and no doubt will be updated to include the latest ONS figures.
David Altheer 180712
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