As Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Finance, much of my work involves dealing with harsh reality of Tory austerity and working across the council on our ambitions to protect our services from it. While we continue to lobby and campaign against these cuts, we know that only the election of a Labour government will truly mean our communities and services receive the investment they so desperately need.
But we also know, after over 9 years of Tory rule that we cannot sit still in Lambeth as we await a change in government in Westminster. Using our powers to deliver real change in our local economy is central to Labour’s ambitions for our country and to Lambeth Labour’s ambitions for our borough.
That is why on Monday I set out our policy to use the money the council spends on services to improve the lives of Lambeth’s residents and to help tackle the inequalities that too many of them face. Lambeth council spends almost £600 million a year on services, much of it in the local economy. This policy sets out clearly what the council will demand from our suppliers in return.
- Ensuring quality jobs at above the London Living Wage and with decent working conditions
- Increasing apprenticeships for Lambeth residents particularly for the most vulnerable
- Increasing the quality and range of job opportunities for disabled residents, those with mental health issues and the long term unemployed
- Investing in our communities and ensuring the money we spend benefits Lambeth’s residents
- Tacking Climate Change as the first London council to declare a climate emergency and improving air quality
- Maximising health and wellbeing in all of our policies and promoting the health of our workforce
It also set out how we are meeting our manifesto pledge to improve service for residents and deliver better value for money by bringing more services back in house, with a full options analysis of an in-house option before any contract can be let.
Lambeth already has a fantastic record of delivering social value through our contracts, with 99% of our contracts paying the London Living Wage and hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships created. But we want to do even more to support our communities and ensure that the council’s funding is invested in our communities so that all Lambeth residents can benefit from it.
Cllr Andy Wilson
Lambeth Cabinet Member for Finance