Cllr Paul Gadsby is the Cabinet Member for Housing, and a councillor in Vassall Ward.
Lambeth Labour has, during the week of Pride in London, signed up to the HouseProud pledge which is aimed at ensuring the voice of the LGBT+ community is at the centre of local government’s housing policies.
This pledge is of particular importance to Lambeth, which is home to one of the country’s largest and most vibrant LGBT+ communities. We are a borough that places our open and understanding attitude to people of all backgrounds at the forefront of all our policies, which is why we had no hesitation in signing this pledge.
Over the past year, Lambeth Labour has stepped up its work on LGBT+ issues, with my colleagues Cllr Phillip Normal and Cllr Ed Davie leading a high profile campaign calling for government cuts to HIV services to be reversed. Also in the public health arena, we have announced a new partnership with the LGBT Foundation (a national charity) to produce the Pride in Practice programme across Lambeth aimed at strengthening the local NHS’ work LGBT+ patients within the local community. We have also been a recent recipient of Stonewall Diversity Champions group of employers as part of a wider commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. More information about the council’s work in this area can be found here.
Housing is one of the most important factors in everyone’s daily existence: It affects their wellbeing, their health and every aspect of their life. Lambeth Labour is taking action on a number of fronts to address the housing crisis that is being caused by the current Tory government’s indifference to the living conditions of millions of people across our country. We are building more council homes, investing in improving our current council homes with a £450 million investment and taking more action to regulate the private rented sector.
We want a borough that has a housing sector that is welcoming and supportive for all its residents, which is why we had no hesitation in signing HouseProud’s pledges. It commits the council to ensuring that we undertake specific training for housing officers on LGBT+ issues, that we ensure the Pledge and its values are explained on our website, and that we take new measures to consult with the LGBT+ community on a regular basis.
We will now be implementing all of these commitments in the year ahead and we will ensure our LGBT+ community is given an even greater voice in how we shape our housing policies in the future.
Cllr Paul Gadsby
Cabinet Member for Housing