Lambeth is a thriving central London borough that has a strong regional, national and even international profile. The borough’s patchwork of communities, town centres, neighbourhoods and open spaces all have their own story, and they all feed into why Lambeth is such a special place.
Lambeth Council’s 2,400 staff are based in the brand new Civic Centre and refurbished Town Hall in Brixton, right in the heart of the borough, world-renowned for its extraordinary character, rich diversity and heritage. Brixton is famed for its independent retail, hospitality, night time economy and rich cultural offer.
Lambeth has endured unprecedented spending cuts over recent years, affecting everything we do. But, despite this, we have worked hard to make dramatic improvements across the key services we provide for our residents, working with our communities to transform people’s lives.
Future Lambeth: The council’s borough plan
We have identified three priorities where we will focus our efforts over the next five years. The council’s Borough Plan sets out our commitment to delivering inclusive growth, reducing inequality and building strong and sustainable neighbourhoods, and every team within the council works towards these ambitions.
It sets out three strategic priorities that all partners will work towards in order to make Lambeth a stronger, fairer and more prosperous borough. The Plan sets out our three priorities:
Creating inclusive growth: We want all of Lambeth to benefit from the investment and regeneration of the Borough
Reducing inequality: We want to take action to address inequalities across the borough including issues to do with health, job opportunities and quality of life
Building strong and sustainable neighbourhoods: We want to maintain safe, clean and cohesive communities across the borough.
We are currently updating our Borough Plan to ensure greater focus across a smaller number of partnership outcomes.
Lambeth Equality Commission
Lambeth has surged ahead in so many ways in recent years: our population is growing, employment is rising, and our schoolchildren continue to achieve record-breaking exam results. The enormous investment pouring into the borough is changing lives for the better.
Despite this growth, we are acutely aware that Lambeth remains one of the most deprived areas of the country – Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London and the 22nd most deprived in England. Deprivation brings significant challenges in health, education and employment for everyone.
The Lambeth Equalities Commission report identified a series of inequalities many people in Lambeth have to live with every day including:
- One in three children in Lambeth born into poverty
- Almost one in five employees in Lambeth paid below the recommended London Living Wage.
- Black residents four times more likely to be unemployed than white residents.
- Less than half of disabled Lambeth residents in employment
- Black boys just under three times more likely to be arrested than white boys.
The report made a series of recommendations for action from the council and its partners – including the Mayor of London, national government and the whole community – to break down the barriers holding so many people back. The proposals included campaigning for all local employers to sign up to the London Living Wage, targeting extra help at children in the greatest need, improving relations between the police and the community, and monitoring disability hate crime as a specific crime.
How Lambeth’s organised
We’re organised into the following areas:
Sustainable Growth and Opportunity – Leading and enabling growth, development, inward investment, new housing and economic sustainability across the borough. Making sure that Lambeth residents have the skills and opportunities to benefit.
Resident Services – Integrating all day-to-day services for housing, environment and customer support for residents and businesses across the borough. Providing excellent quality and value for money.
Children's Services – Supporting excellence and opportunity in Lambeth's schools, provide help and social care for children and families, commission high quality early years, youth and play services and to lead the council's work on community safety and serious youth violence.
Adults and Health – Commissioning and providing outcomes-focused adult social care, leading the delivery of public health approaches across the council, and leading on the integration of social care and health with health and voluntary sector partners across the borough.
Finance and Investment – Leading the investment and commercial functions of the council, ensuring we deliver on our commitments, and have the people and other resources we need to be successful.
For more information, please visit our website www.lambeth.gov.uk
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