Discover the main priorities that the borough will be focusing over the next five years and tell us what role you want to play in helping make Lambeth a better place to live and how we can work together to do this.
There's never been a better time to build on the opportunities that our borough enjoys
There's never been a better time to build on the opportunities that our borough enjoys. The diversity, creativity and mutual support that characterises our communities and businesses, the improvements in our transport, schools and work opportunities, as well as our location at the heart of a global city, make Lambeth a unique place to come and live, work, learn, invest and do business.
The energy, the movement of people, the social change that you can find across Lambeth plays an important role in helping people enjoy a good quality of life, get involved in their communities and make the most of the opportunities the borough brings.
There’s never been a more urgent time to tackle the challenges that Lambeth faces
But at the same time, as the borough naturally changes, develops and grows there will also be challenges; with the risk being that some people may be crowded out, that not all will be well placed to benefit economically and that the borough’s advances in terms of prosperity, knowledge and quality of life may be unevenly spread, as well as the financial pressures the council faces.
That's why there's also never been a more urgent time to tackle the challenges that Lambeth faces, to work towards reducing inequality, and to help ensure that a better quality of life is enjoyed by as many people as possible. You can find out more detail by checking out the Borough Plan.
We want to find out what role you want to play in making Lambeth a better place so we can improve how we work with you
We can't do this on our own, that's why we want to find out what other organisations, groups and communities are doing to make Lambeth a better place, to understand what role you want to play and may already be playing and how we can work together to do this.
We have identified three priorities where we will focus our efforts over the next five years. These three priorities are equally important, and mutually reinforcing.
Our people, location, character and assets make Lambeth a great place to invest. We will encourage investment and regeneration and make sure that it benefits all. By improving transport infrastructure, increasing labour market participation, building more housing and increasing the number of businesses in the borough we will increase opportunities for local residents and tackle disadvantage.
We will focus on playing our part in the economic success of London by attracting more businesses in to the borough from the creative, digital, higher education and clean technology sectors. We will strengthen infrastructure so that more of the borough benefits from growth and investment and people can connect with the opportunities London offers. We will work together so our young people have the skills they need to succeed in London’s future economy. In turn, we want to see more good jobs, more and better apprenticeships for young people, and more of our residents paid the London Living Wage or higher. We will increase new homes for sale and rent, and use this to cross subsidise affordable housing, ensuring Lambeth is a place for all. You can find out more detail by checking out the Borough Plan.
We will use the opportunities and proceeds of growth, regeneration and housing to reduce inequality. Our focus will be on giving our children and young people the best start in life and ensuring they have a fair chance to fulfil their potential by reducing inequalities in education, skills, employment and general life chances. We will protect and support our most vulnerable children and adults, supporting them to be resilient and to have fulfilling lives. We will promote and protect health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.
We want to make sure that children can fulfil their potential, and that all partners are working together to make Lambeth a great place for children and families. So we will work to reduce inequalities in school readiness and attainment, particularly between children living in poverty, from black Caribbean and Portuguese backgrounds, children in care and the general population. We will work with schools so that children in the most deprived wards have the same chance of going to a good or outstanding school as children in other areas. We want more people to have the opportunity to improve their lives through work, and so we will work to reduce long-term unemployment, particularly for people over the age of 50. We want life expectancy to rise for all, and for the gap between the poorest and wealthiest to narrow. You can find out more detail by checking out the Borough Plan.
We will invest in our communities so that they are places that bring people together, maintaining the cohesion and diversity of the borough. We will seek to maintain the social mix of our neighbourhoods through better quality housing, and our parks and cultural facilities will help to improve health and wellbeing. By working with residents and businesses we will make sure our streets are places people are proud to live and work in, we’ll continue to make Lambeth a safer borough, and we’ll support people to act more sustainability to improve the quality of our neighbourhoods.
We will maintain our streets so they are clean and tidy, and increase the amount of waste that is sent for reuse, recycling and compost, to play our part in making London a more sustainable city. We will work together to reduce violence and its impacts, and in particular empower and support those who have experienced gender based violence. Over the next five years we want more residents engaged in sport, physical activity and culture. You can find out more detail by checking out the Borough Plan.
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