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By Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has just launched a consultation on a package of measures to tackle air pollution. 

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It's welcome news after years of inaction from Boris. On his watch, the annual number of deaths from air pollution reached 10,000. Lambeth's inner city location makes us especially vulnerable so it's so important that we have ambitious targets and decisive action

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Lambeth Labour and Lambeth for a Cool Planet have joined forces to call for a number of changes that we think will help make a real difference to Lambeth's air quality.

If you want to show your support for our campaign for cleaner air, please sign the petition here. 

Lambeth Labour and Lambeth for a Cool Planet will be making a joint submission to the Mayor's consultation. On the petition page there is space to add your own comments and suggestions. These will help shape our submission and we will send all of the comments to the Mayor. 

The consultation closes on 27 July so there isn't much time. Please add your name.

Act now for clean air

By Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has just launched a consultation on a package of measures to tackle air pollution. 

Grass-roots youth groups, local politicians, police representatives and faith leaders have come together to call on the new Mayor to tackle the worrying upsurge in youth violence in Lambeth. 

A letter coordinated by Lambeth Cabinet Member Cllr Mohammed Seedat and co-signed by Council Leader Lib Peck and Chuka Umunna MP has called for the new Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime to make 'reducing youth violence' one of MOPAC's key crime reduction targets and to set up a team to coordinate a cross-London effort to reduce youth violence: 

 

Dear Ms Linden,

Congratulations on your appointment as the new Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. London faces many challenges and we hope you will engage with communities to ensure our city remains safe for all its residents.

We know the Metropolitan Police continues to work hard with fewer resources. In Lambeth, the Police force has successfully exceeded the ‘MOPAC 7’ crime-reduction targets set by your predecessor. But we believe these targets do not address a growing problem in parts of London but especially in Lambeth - that of youth violence.

We know first-hand the destruction caused to individual families and entire communities. Youth violence has increased significantly in Lambeth in the past year. There is now a definite trend with more recorded ‘violence with injury’ crimes here than in similar boroughs.

Figures show an 8.9% increase from April to January (2015-2016) and recently there were 13 separate stabbing incidents in the space of 2 weeks, most involving school-age children as well as several shootings involving young men.

Tackling youth violence is not something that can be done overnight. We know from the work we do with young people on the ground that there are no quick fixes and no easy solutions. Youth violence is an ongoing problem but further cuts to policing budgets, which have already led to 1,000 police officers disappearing from the streets of London, risk seriously undermining the fight against this type of crime.

However, we believe with the right partnership between the Met, the local authority and grassroots organisations, we can begin the process of breaking communities free from the cycle of violence.

For this reason we urge you to make tackling youth violence one of your top priorities. Specifically:

  1. We request ‘reducing youth violence’ is set as one of MOPAC’s key crime reduction targets. This would ensure there is a proper organisational focus on tackling the issue and send a clear message that you are serious about reversing the upward trend in violent incidents involving young people. 
  2. We want the GLA to take youth violence seriously by setting up a team (alongside the Met’s Trident taskforce) that works with local authorities and grassroots organisations in a cross-London effort to reduce youth violence, with successful intervention for those at risk. The ‘Shield’ program should be used as a ‘lessons learned’ exercise but not abandoned entirely. 

We look forward to your response and we would welcome the chance to sit down with you to discuss the extra support MOPAC can give to Lambeth.

Yours Sincerely,

Councillor Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Safer and Healthier Communities, London Borough of Lambeth

Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council

Councillor Jane Pickard, Cabinet Member for Families and Young People

 Councillor Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools

Councillor Donatus Anyanwu, Lead Member for Community Relations

Chuka Umunna, Member of Parliament for Streatham

Helen Hayes, Member of Parliament for Dulwich & West Norwood

Florence Eshalomi, Greater London Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark

Richard Parkes, Managing Director at Young Lambeth Cooperative

Stu Thomson, Youth Service Director at Knights Youth Centre

Nick Mason OBE, Chairman of Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board

Steve Chalke MBE, Founder of Oasis Trust

Ira Campbell, Managing Director at Marcus Lipton Community Enterprise

Emma Dawoud, Managing Director at Enterprise LDN

Ann Stockreiter, CEO at South Central Youth

Winston Goode, Managing Director at Juvenis

Eamonn Madden, Director at Inspirational Youth

Margaret Pierre, Director at High Trees Community Development Trust

Mahamed Hashi - Chairman of Lambeth Stop and Search Monitoring Group

Lorna Campbell - Former councillor, Chair of Lambeth Council Commission on Violent Youth Crime 2008

 

Tackling youth violence must be an urgent priority for the new Mayor

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The last few days have been an immensely turbulent and difficult period for our country, as we absorb the consequences of the result of the referendum on membership of the European Union.

Thursday was an abysmal night for all of us who believe that our future would be stronger, more secure and more prosperous together with our partners in Europe. We have already seen the huge implications of this decision and must be prepared for months, and probably years, of uncertainty ahead.

However, in the dark hours of Friday morning, the overwhelming result of the people of Lambeth to vote to Remain was a great source of pride. To win 79% of the vote, more than any other part of mainland Britain, is testament to the people of this borough and the hard work of all those who campaigned to achieve it. In particular, I pay tribute to all of the members who helped make the Lambeth Labour In campaign possible and to our MPs, Chuka and Helen for their leadership on this issue.

Now we face a huge array of challenges, but two are particularly pressing in Lambeth. The first is to maintain community cohesion and to make clear, as Sadiq Khan has done, that this city and our borough remain open and tolerant all. I want to reassure in particular our diverse communities of European citizens that, as the Lambeth vote showed, they are always welcome here and we will lobby through the Labour Party to ensure we fight for that against a rising tide of disunity in our country.

Secondly, we face great uncertainty as a borough, particularly in relation to EU funding. While not at the same level as areas like Cornwall and Wales, there will be implications of the withdrawal of direct EU funding, as well as the indirect impact of declining investment in our capital city as a consequence of economic turmoil.

We also face the prospect of further austerity for years to come which has already been profoundly unfair and damaging to local services. While we will not know the specific impact of this for some time and will continue to fight against it, we have to be clear that Thursday’s decision could have a detrimental impact on investment in areas like housing in Lambeth.

I know many of you, as I do, feel a sense of worry and despair at what is happening to our country at the moment. While this is a very uncertain time for us all and for our party, I want to assure you that in Lambeth, we will continue to fight for the values we campaigned for in this referendum and will continue to deliver on our pledge of ambition and fairness for all of the people of this borough.

Lambeth's result should be a source of pride in uncertain times

The last few days have been an immensely turbulent and difficult period for our country, as we absorb the consequences of the result of the referendum on membership of the...

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