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Cllr Ed Davie on the excellent work taking place in Lambeth to support residents with mental ill health

Last week Lambeth became the first council to officially commit to working with Thrive LDN

Dedicated to addressing the causes, as well as the treatment, of mental ill health Thrive LDN is a citywide initiative, supported by the Mayor of London.

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Although the Tory government is making it extremely difficult we must use all opportunities to support our residents.

Despite seven years’ of unfair central government cuts, Lambeth has done what it can to support people with mental ill health to get the right treatment when they need support.

The Lambeth Living Well Collaborative pioneered bringing services and those who use them together to produce better support. That approach is developing into a new NHS, council and charity contract that should make it much easier to support people with housing and social as well as medical needs.

Black Thrive, created following council-led work to address the disproportionate number of our black residents with serious mental illness, is empowering those communities to help fulfil potential and avoid unnecessary suffering.

We know that giving all our children the best start in life also gives them the best chance of enjoying life-time good mental health and is why the council is protecting our Sure Start centres, introduced by the last Labour government.

Our poorest areas are also benefitting from the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) to support parents and we have continued to support our schools, transformed by the Labour government’s

London Challenge investment. As result more than 96% of Lambeth’s schools are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the Ofsted inspectors and we have exam results in the country’s top 10%.

Poverty and inequality are important factors in determining a person’s mental health. Lambeth is now implementing its Equalities Commission findings and has developed an employment service specifically targeted at those furthest from the labour market. Lambeth Council is a London Living Wage employer and we are doing our best to protect the poorest in the face of the disastrous Universal

Credit changes that will leave many families out of pocket for weeks and struggling to pay their rent.

Housing is also vital to people’s wellbeing and the council is investing £600 million to improve the social housing stock and is building 1,000 extra council rent homes despite Green and Tory opposition.

Whilst all this is positive there is much more to be done and many more challenges facing our most vulnerable residents. The only way we can really hope to address the growing need at a time of even greater cuts is to work together as services and individuals to support each other – supporting Thrive LDN is another part of that effort.

Cllr Ed Davie, Chair of Lambeth Overview & Scrutiny Committee 

Lambeth Labour Backs Thriving Borough

Cllr Ed Davie on the excellent work taking place in Lambeth to support residents with mental ill health

The Show of Unity event in July was a brilliant illustration of the fact that Lambeth has an incredibly supportive, kind and generous community. And the Tree of Hope at Lambeth Country Show struck a responsive chord.

 

IMG_1293edit.jpgNow Interfaith week (12th-19th November) is now just around the corner, and it's another great opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity of people in Lambeth.

 

We are really lucky in Lambeth because three brilliant events are being organised during the Interfaith week, offering people a chance to come together and learn from each other. All events are free and open to all but please do make sure you RSVP to secure your space:

 

  • "Question of Unity "quiz night Monday 13th November, 7pm at the Karibu Centre  (click here for details and to book your space)
  • " Engaging Faith Communities with British Democracy" event on Wednesday 15th November, 1pm at the Stockwell Green Muslim Centre; register for an invitation with Umar Mahmood.
  • "Trauma, Mental Health and Wellbeing"event on Sunday 19th November, 1pm at Eritrean Muslim Community Association (RSVP to Phillipe Cotgreave de Rahman)

 

Remember to pledge your support for Lambeth Council's London Borough of Culture bid here: https://ourlambeth.london/

 

Irfan Mohammed

Labour candidate for Ferndale ward

Celebrating Interfaith week in Lambeth

The Show of Unity event in July was a brilliant illustration of the fact that Lambeth has an incredibly supportive, kind and generous community. And the Tree of Hope at...

It has been confirmed that following Conservative cuts to London's police budget, eight Lambeth police stations will close, including the front desks at Streatham and Kennington. Brixton will remain open as the only accessible police station in Lambeth. 

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The closures have come about as a result of the Government’s decision to press ahead with sharp reductions to the Metropolitan Police’s budget. Over £1bn will be slashed from the force’s budget by 2020, despite warnings that officers are already stretched to breaking point. The Mayor of London was warned that thousands of frontline police officers could be lost from London's streets in the next few years. Lambeth is already one of the toughest policing environments in the country.

Lambeth Labour campaigned hard to keep Lambeth’s  stations open and to raise awareness of the increasing problems facing an underfunded police service as part of Labour's commitment to tackling crime and making streets safer.

Labour successfully campaigned for serious youth violence to be made one of the Mayor's top policing priorities and has continued to protect funding for our ground-breaking Violence Against Women and Girl's Service. Lambeth is also developing an innovative Youth Violence Strategy in response to the alarming rise in violent youth crime 

Nearly 1,500 residents added their name to the petition against further police cuts which was launched with the support of community leaders. Labour councillors passed a motion at recent council meetings calling on the plans to be dropped and Cllr Peck's formal submission to the consultation warned that residents in Streatham, many of whom are elderly or vulnerable, could face a two hour round trip to report a crime. 

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) response can be read here: https://www.london.gov.uk/mopac-publications/public-access-strategy

Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council said:

“This is extremely disappointing news. We campaigned hard against the plans  because we believe that publicly accessible police stations are essential to the community-focused neighbourhood policing that is vital to tackling crime and providing reassurance. It is encouraging that the Mayor has already listened to Lambeth and made youth crime a top priority, and we will continue to protect funding for our Violence Against Women and Girl's Service.

“But it is clear that the Tory Government are trying to protect the public on the cheap. We have already lost thousands of officers in London and the deep cuts to the Met’s budget risk stretching the force to breaking point.”

Tory police cuts see eight stations close in Lambeth

It has been confirmed that following Conservative cuts to London's police budget, eight Lambeth police stations will close, including the front desks at Streatham and Kennington. Brixton will remain open...

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