The Equality Commission launched its final report and recommendations on 18 July 2017:
The focus of the final report and recommendations made in it are grounded in the evidence collected as part of the commission process – from residents; local stakeholders and partners; and, officers. This evidence is captured in our interim report:
Lambeth’s Equality Commission has been gathering evidence from a range of sources, as it investigates the reasons behind persistent inequalities in the borough. Commissioners have made a number of fact-finding visits around Lambeth, and they have also taken formal evidence from a series of experts.
Feedback from these sessions was captured and along with formal briefing papers, fed informed formal commission sessions.
The briefing papers for the commission sessions are available below.
- Education and learning
- Income and employment
- Participation, representation and leadership
- Crime and justice
Whilst Lambeth is narrowing gaps in performance so that all young people have an equal chance to succeed, there are still some inequalities that we need to tackle. At GCSE level, half of pupils receiving Free School Meals (FSM) did not attain the required standard of 5 GCSE passes A*-C.
Similarly, whilst we have seen significant improvements in Lambeth’s schools for all ethnic groups, improvement has been greater for White British pupils than for ethnic minority groups overall and there are some groups for who there are significant gaps in attainment, particularly Portuguese and Black Caribbean pupils.
In November, the Commission heard evidence from a range of experts, including Cathy Twist (Lambeth’s Director of Education and Learning), Annie Hudson (Strategic Director, Children’s Services) and Feyisa Demi (Head of Research, Schools Research and Statistics Unit).
More than 40 people, including residents, including teachers, parents, governors, a number of Commissioners and councillors, came to a public meeting at Lambeth College, to discuss the impact of inequality in education. A summary of their feedback and insight is below.
Whilst local growth has brought more jobs to the borough and has resulted in higher employment rates, there are some groups of residents who appear to be disadvantaged. Local employment rates for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) residents have improved over the past five years, but BAME residents are more likely to be unemployed compared to ‘White’ Lambeth residents. Disabled working age people in London are twice more likely not to be in paid work than their non-disabled counterparts and older people aged 50-64 are more likely to be unemployed.
In November, the Commission heard from council experts Helen Payne, Assistant Director, Welfare, Employment and Skills, and Ruth Smith, School Improvement Consultant/Coordinator, as well as counterparts from organisations including Jobcentre Plus, the Green Man Skills Zone, and The Walcott Foundation.
Over 30 participants, including residents, teachers, parents, and representatives of local voluntary organisations, attended a public meeting to discuss inequality in income and employment. A summary of their contributions is available below.
Resident participation in local organisations, including decision making forums, has been shown to result in greater engagement in politics, democratic processes and can enable them to experience better and more responsive services. We know there are some groups of residents who for a range of possible reasons are less likely to participate in decision making. These include: unemployed residents, council tenants, digitally excluded residents, BME residents from the Black and Portuguese communities and Muslim residents.
In January, the Commission took evidence from experts including Sean Harriss, CEO of Lambeth Council, Amelia Viney of the Advocacy Academy, Eamonn Madden of Inspirational Youth, and Lambeth councillor Jackie Dyer MBE, Vice Chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce.
Streatham MP Chuka Umunna hosted a public meeting on participation, representation and leadership in Lambeth. More than 80 people turned up at Streatham Library for the lively session. The feedback will be available shortly.
Lambeth suffers high levels of violent crime compared to the rest of London and the country more widely. There are particular groups of residents who are more likely to be victims of certain crimes in Lambeth, as elsewhere. Women are more likely to be victims of harassment, sexual violence or violence at the hands a partner, whilst men are more likely to be victims of serious wounding, knife and gun crime and robbery.
Deprivation is also a strong risk factor for being a victim of violent crime, with residents of deprived communities being five times more likely to be admitted for emergency hospital treatment following a violent crime. Victims of crime are disproportionately likely to be African, Caribbean, Black or Mixed Race. Black African, Black Caribbean, Black or Mixed Race residents are also more likely to be suspected of many types of crime and for many crimes are more likely to be charged.
In February, Commissioners held a formal session on the issue of inequality in the areas of crime and justice. They took evidence from a series of witnesses, including Kate Paradine, of Women in Prison, Catherine Alborough, of the Beth Centre, Ch Supt Richard Wood & Supt Becky Riggs, of Lambeth Borough Police, and Ira Campbell, youth manager at the Marcus Lipton centre. Documents presented at the meeting will be available here soon.
A public session on crime and justice was held at Waterloo Action Centre in January. Feedback from the session will be published here shortly.