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The arrival of Santander Bikes in Brixton is set to begin this week, marking a major victory for Lambeth Labour.

Councillors have campaigned for the network to be extended since 2010 and now seven docking stations will be installed over the next two months. 

The first will go in on Sidney Road, forming a link with the existing docking stations in Stockwell. The others will be located on Wynne Road, Saltoun Road, Normandy Road, St John's Crescent and Ferndale Road. Work is expected to be completed, with the docking stations operational by the end of January. 

will_bike.jpg Dr Will Norman, Mayor of London's Walking & Cycling Commissioner and Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment & Housing

Under former Mayor Boris Johnson the bikes were rolled out to Tory-run Wandsworth and affluent postcodes in West London, but Brixton was overlooked, despite huge levels of demand.

However, earlier in the year, Lambeth’s transport lead, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, struck a deal with TfL over funding for the new hubs. The installation will be paid for through a combination of Lambeth's annual LIP (Local Implementation Plans) grant from TfL and Section 106 contributions from developers. Operational and maintenance costs will be met by TfL. 

More and more people are using the bicycles, which provide a quick and easy way to travel around the city and will help reduce the congestion on our roads that is contributing to such poor air quality. 

Under Labour, Lambeth has become one of the best places in London for cyclists. Safety has been improved by redesigning dozens of dangerous junctions, including the notorious Kennington Oval intersection and introducing a 20mph speed limit. Thanks to council funding, more cyclists have been trained than any other borough and we’ve made efforts to help people on estates to take up cycling by offering free maintenance courses, increasing the number of hangars and setting up a bike lending library. 

The Santander bikes will be available for £2 per day. To find the nearest docking station, see: www.tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles<http://www.tfl.gov.uk/santandercycles  

They're here! Santander bikes arrive in Brixton

The arrival of Santander Bikes in Brixton is set to begin this week, marking a major victory for Lambeth Labour. Councillors have campaigned for the network to be extended since...

Lambeth’s Labour councillors have achieved a major victory in their campaign to clean up the borough’s air. 

As of today a new clean bus route will operate between Brixton and Streatham, meaning only buses which meet the toughest Euro VI emission standards will be permitted. The Brixton Low Emmission Zone will cover 23 scheduled routes, carrying over 130,000 passengers a day on a total of 450 buses. 

TfL estimate that this will reduce harmful NOx emissions from buses on these routes by around 84%.

In 2016 Lambeth Labour launched the Clean Air for Lambeth campaign, calling on the Mayor to do more to tackle the borough's toxic air problem. One of the key demands was the introduction of a Clean Bus Corridor  on the highly polluted A23. A petition signed by over 1,000 local residents was submitted to City Hall and the campaign paid off when the Mayor announced that Lambeth would become one of the first boroughs in London to get the cleaner, greener buses. Cabinet_clean_air.jpg

2017 has been a year of action against air pollution in Lambeth. Labour councillors have:

The Brixton zone is the second of 12 new Low Emission Bus Zones to be introduced at air quality hotspots. The first zone launched on Putney High Street in March 2017. Already, the route has seen a 90 per cent reduction in hourly pollution exceedances and early analysis suggests a significant reduction in annual NO2 concentrations at Putney High Street.

Cllr Lib Peck said:

“Having a clean bus corridor through the heart of our borough is something we’ve been campaigning for for a long time and I’m delighted that the Mayor has implemented this.  Poor air quality is a killer, there is no doubt about that, and we are determined here in Lambeth to do all we can to tackle pollution and improve the air we breathe. This is an issue that needs us all to work together and I’m encouraged by the Mayor’s commitment to do just that.”

Cllr Brathwaite said:

“Air pollution in our city is a killer and it is something that here in Lambeth we are determined to tackle.  We started the campaign for clean buses over two years ago and I’m delighted that this Mayor has listened and acted to improve our air quality.

“We are working hard every day to improve air quality through our borough, particularly looking at protecting our children and elderly people, and making it easier and more pleasant to cycle in Lambeth, rather than use cars.

Major victory for Clean Air Campaign

Lambeth’s Labour councillors have achieved a major victory in their campaign to clean up the borough’s air. 

Following negotiations with Lambeth’s Labour Council, the company responsible for Lambeth’s waste and street cleaning service has agreed to pay staff the Living Wage. 

The decision means 160 Veolia employees, 45% of whom live in the borough will see their pay go up to the Living Wage of £10.20 per hour from April next year. 

Paying the Living Wage was identified as a key way to improve life chances and social mobility in yesterday's State of the Nation report by the Social Mobility Commission - which placed Lambeth in the top 5% of all local authorities

Since 2012 all Lambeth staff have been paid at or above this rate – and Lambeth has gone further than many other councils by requiring contractors to do the same. Currently 99% of contracts pay the London Living Wage with the ambition for full coverage coming closer. 

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Lambeth's successes also include getting all 30 of the council's adult social care providers to pay the wage to their employees. As a result 2,217 care workers, three quarters of whom live in Lambeth now receive a rate of pay that reflects the importance of the work they do.

The realities of income inequality emerged as a key theme in Lambeth’s Equality Commission, held earlier this year. Amongst the key findings were that black residents were are four times more likely to be unemployed than white residents and that people from the Portugese community are almost four times as likely to be paid below the Living Wage.

The Commission's ambitious recommendations will be implemented over the next 12 - 18 months and include targeting extra help at children in the greatest need, pushing private firms to offer an apprenticeship programme for groups who have been excluded from the jobs market and campaigning for all local employers to sign up to the London Living Wage

While the Government claimed to have introduced a 'National Living Wage' in 2016, the reality - as confirmed by the Living Wage Foundation - is that at £7.50 per hour it does not meet families' needs.  By contrast, the rate paid by Lambeth is a genuine Living Wage, independently calculated by the Living Wage Foundation and based on what people need to get by.

Continuing efforts to tackle entrenched low pay have seen Lambeth Labour take on zero hours contracts and campaign and 'scrap the cap' by ending the decade long public sector pay freeze. Councillors passed a motion at full council earlier this year in response to the average 21% pay cut suffered by local authority workers since the Tory-led Government froze pay in 2010 and called for an immediate lifting of the cap across the whole public sector.

Nationally, Labour is committed to bringing in a 20 point plan to improve security and equality at work, which will see zero hours contracts banned, the Trade Union Act repealed and the Minimum Wage increased to the level to the Living Wage by 2020. 

Pay boost for Lambeth's refuse workers

Following negotiations with Lambeth’s Labour Council, the company responsible for Lambeth’s waste and street cleaning service has agreed to pay staff the Living Wage. 

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