Lambeth has surged ahead in so many ways in recent years: our population is growing, employment is rising and our schoolchildren continue to achieve record-breaking exam results. The enormous investment pouring into the borough is changing lives for the better.
Despite this growth, we are acutely aware that Lambeth remains one of the most deprived areas of the country – Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London and the 22nd most deprived in England. Deprivation brings significant challenges in health, education and employment for everyone.
But, for some of our people, the problems are even more severe. Some of our communities still suffer even greater levels of poverty and inequality; they still face barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential.
Lambeth is open for business and bold in our ambitions but, at the heart of it all, there must be fairness. We must be honest about the inequality we still have in our borough, and ensure that the proceeds of Lambeth’s growth are spread fairly amongst our communities.
Lambeth Council has established an Equality Commission, which will identify these barriers and tackle them head-on. It will concentrate above all on the challenges facing disabled adults, our black Caribbean communities, our Portuguese communities and our Somalian communities. The Commission has focused on four thematic areas: education and learning; income and employment; crime and justice; and, participation, decision-making and leadership.
Who are the commissioners?
Lambeth Council leader, Cllr Lib Peck, chairs the Commission, which brings together 12 senior figures, including representatives from business, local voluntary and community sector organisations and research organisations.
The Commissioners have a diverse range of links throughout Lambeth’s many communities and will bring extensive knowledge and experience to the Commission’s work. All members are united in an interest in, and commitment to, reducing inequality; and all of them can offer expertise which will help achieve this.
- Councillor Lib Peck - Leader of Lambeth Council
- Miranda Brawn - Barrister, Patron of the Black Cultural Archives and Founder/CEO of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
- Dr Mahamed Hashi - Founder of New Beginnings Youth Provision
- Reverend Rosemarie Mallet - Vicar of St.John the Evangelist, Angell Town
- Dr Shaminder Takhar - Associate Professor in Sociology at the London South Bank University
- Laura Gardner - Senior Researcher & Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation
- Isabelle Clement - Director of Wheels for Wellbeing
- Jude Kelly - Artist director of the Southbank Centre
- Pedro Filipe Anes Xavier - CEO PLS Consultants.com Ltd
- Catherine Pearson - Chief Executive of Healthwatch Lambeth
- Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite - Cabinet member for Environment & Transport
- Samuel Martin, Founder and Programme Leader at the charity Streamz
You can find out more about the commissioners here.
18 July 2017- Lambeth Equality launches its final report
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