To inform the priorities and outcomes set out in this plan, we have used a variety of different methods to ensure the plan is evidence based. We have drawn on the research and conversations we have had with residents over the past few years to find out what priorities matter to them, what has changed in their lives and how they would like to shape that change.
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Over nine in ten residents are happy with Lambeth as a place to live and almost two in five residents see their area as a better place to live compared to two years ago, with three in ten saying they have benefited from change. However one in ten say their area has changed for the worst, with changes in the area causing difficulties in particular for black Caribbean residents, the unemployed, those in receipt of benefits, those with a disability or long-term illness and carers.
Four in five residents say they are likely to be living in Lambeth in two years time, but one in eight say this is unlikely. Those who say they are unlikely to do so cite the main reasons for this as being the cost of living, the cost of buying a home or for better job opportunities.
Even if people’s financial situation has worsened for one in seven of our residents, this has significantly improved since two years ago, where the proportion was over two in five. Residents for whom things have worsened include those who are unemployed, part-time workers, disabled, carers, have a long term illnesses, aged 45 to 54 and social housing tenants. In contrast, people who are more likely to say their financial circumstances have improved include those in full time work, aged 25 to 34, in private rented accommodation and who live in multiple adult households.
The issues that matter most to residents
Public transport, clean streets, the level of crime and the multicultural community are all areas which people think are most important in making Lambeth a good place to live.
Having clean streets is the issue that most residents identify as needing to be improved; almost two in ten now saying it needs improving. It is also seen as important for making our neighbourhoods more attractive to live in and to do business.
Lambeth is generally seen as a safe place, with over 19 out of 20 residents feeling safe from crime in their local area during the day, and six in seven feeling safe in the evening. Lambeth residents now feel safer than ever. Addressing the level of crime and anti-social behaviour is among the issues residents identify as most needing to be improved11 as well as being factors negatively impacting business aspirations.
Affordable decent housing is third in residents’ priorities for what most needs improving in Lambeth. It is also an issue for businesses too; house prices are seen as a factor negatively impacting their aspirations. The second most common reason given for why residents are unlikely to be living in Lambeth in two years time is the cost of buying a home.
Engagement with various organisations highlighted the importance supporting people furthest away from the labour market, such as ex-offenders, individuals with health issues or who are long-term unemployed. Young people are keen on more flexible opportunities to be able to work and study, apprenticeships, as well as being be better prepared for work, through training and work experience.
More than four out of ten Lambeth businesses make a point of looking to recruit local people and also encouragingly appear more likely to offer apprenticeships compared to the London wide position. A quarter of Lambeth businesses also offer work experience. Employers would like to do more in supporting local people into work and securing local employment opportunities.
The issues that matter most to businesses
Six out of ten businesses rated Lambeth as a good or very good place to do businesses. One in four businesses within Business Improvement District areas agreed or strongly agreed that being located in the BID area had benefitted their business. However, businesses based in Norwood, Streatham and Stockwell are less likely to rate Lambeth’s strengths as a business location. Being near to good transport links, being a generally good location and being close to central London were considered strengths of Lambeth as a business location. Living in Lambeth and being familiar with the area are among key reasons for new business start-ups choosing it as a business location.
Key challenges to business aspirations include parking for customers, business rates, commercial rents, sector competition, space for smaller businesses, crime, housing prices, street cleanliness and traffic congestion. For BIDs key priorities include promoting Lambeth to attract investment and identify priority sectors, ensuring adequate levels of investment in public realm and neighbourhood services, supporting businesses in locating, growing and creating jobs, making the night time economy safe and vibrant and being able to access super-fast broadband.
How people feel about their health and wellbeing
Five in six residents say their general health is good or very good. Whilst only 4% rate their health as bad or very bad this rises to three in ten among disabled people, one in five among those with a longstanding illness or infirmity and one in seven for those not in a job or training. A half of residents exercise at least several times a week, and three quarters at least once a week, and this has increased over the past year. However, almost one in five say they never or hardly ever exercise and this has gone up in the past twelve months. Lack of time, costs, family commitments and access issues were raised as key barriers to people doing physical exercise.
All our residents want to be able to live the life they want and get the support they need to do that. They want to manage their own health and wellbeing and be supported to do this. They want to have as much social contact and support as they would like, in particular for carers. Indeed, being older, using mental health services and having caring responsibilities were identified as putting people at greater risk of loneliness.
People want to be able to plan their care with people who work together to understand them and their carer, allow them control and bring together services to achieve the outcomes important to them. They want to feel they are safe, secure and protected from harm. They want to have systems in place to help at an early stage to avoid crisis and as small a disruption as possible if a crisis happens and live independently, with assistance if necessary.
How people feel about their local environment
Residents tell us that leading a sustainable life is important to them. They want to be supported to help prevent waste, reuse and recycle more. Many residents turn down thermostats or switch off lights but fewer will pick up litter if they see it lying around in the street or eat locally grown food. Almost nine in ten businesses tell us that they recycle where possible, four in ten monitor their energy use and set targets for reduction and one in five use renewable energy sources for their energy needs. How people feel about their local community
Having a multicultural community is seen by residents as one of the top four most important things in making Lambeth a good place to live and community cohesion is very high, with almost nineteen in twenty people saying their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on. In the past year there have been increases in residents’ positivity in relation to a number of indicators of neighbourliness.
Out of the cultural offer that the borough benefits from, residents value most libraries and community buildings, parks and open spaces, physical activity, sports and leisure centres. Nine in ten people were most supportive of having affordable cultural activities within a 20 minute walk of their home.
How people want to work together
Just under a half of residents believe they can influence decisions affecting their local area, down from last year, and only two in five believe they can influence housing decisions.
Among Lambeth residents there is a strong sense of belonging to neighbourhood. Seven in eight feel they belong to their neighbourhood and five in six would speak highly of it and both have increased in the past year. Five in six residents would want to work with others to improve their neighbourhood and gain this has gone up.