#WeStandTogether – statement on Westminster terror attack

Lambeth Council and Cllr Florence Eshalomi AM are among those who have issued the joint statement below on yesterday’s terror attack.

Today was an attack on our democracy, but together we will not let the terrorists use fear to divide us nor will we let them succeed.

Our Lambeth community, and all Londoners, will have been shocked by the scenes from Westminster. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

We thank Lambeth police and the Metropolitan police for their swift response and utmost professionalism to keep us safe, and regretfully mourn the loss of their heroic colleague.

The council and partner agencies are supporting the police to ensure we continue with our daily lives in safety. We ask everyone to remain calm and vigilant of any suspicious activity. If you have any information in relation to this incident please call 0800 789 321.

Again, we ask everyone to stand united against those who seek to sow fear and hatred among us.

Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Healthier & Stronger Communities

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council leader

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna

Lambeth & Southwark London Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi

Cllr Saleha Jaffer, Mayor of Lambeth

Nick Mason, Chair of Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board and IAG

Dr Mahamed Hashi, Chair of Pan-London Stop & Search Community Monitoring Network

Ven. George Ansah, Chair of Faiths Together in Lambeth


Lib Peck’s statement on the Housing & Planning Bill

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Ahead of this weekend’s ‘Kill the Housing Bill’ march from the Imperial War Museum to Westminster, Councillor Lib Peck has issued the following statement on the Housing and Planning Bill being considered by Parliament:

The Lambeth Labour Group of Councillors fully opposes the Tory Government’s Housing and Planning Bill.

Labour, locally and nationally, have been lobbying to try and make the bill less destructive. I gave evidence of the Bill’s damaging impact to Lambeth at a Parliamentary committee in November 2015, and together with Cllr Matthew Bennett (Cabinet Member for Housing) we have met with several government ministers, leading housing associations and the mayor of London to make our views known. Our views on the Bill have been set out clearly by Cllr Bennett here. We are also working with the other London councils to see how we can make the best  out of a very bad deal if the legislation goes through.

Housing is a top priority for Labour in Lambeth and London and we will continue to support constructive ways to improve provision across the region  and develop more affordable solutions. Locally in Lambeth Labour is spending £450 million bringing our council flats and houses up to the Lambeth Housing Standard. Thousands of homes are now in far better condition than when we took back the council from the Tories and Lib Dems nearly 10 years ago. We are also building 1,000 new council rent homes by 2018, a policy consistently opposed  by the Conservative and Green parties in Lambeth. Lambeth Labour has also done  a lot of work to support residents who have been badly affected by Tory  policies, like the bedroom tax, by supporting them to manage their finances  better, move into more suitable properties and find training and work.  Where Labour is in power, as it is at council level, I think you can see that we take action to support social housing and residents who live in it.  Unfortunately, it is the Tories who are in charge at London and national level and there they use their power to shift resources from the poorest to the richest. We all work extremely hard to put Labour in power at every level and when we succeed to use that power to benefit ordinary people, particularly those who need help to improve their own situation.

None of your Labour representatives want to see this kind of social division  and will continue to campaign and act to stop it – Where we can act to limit the impact on residents we will do so.

I will also ensure that details of your march are circulated amongst the Labour Group Members and further within the Labour movement.

Lib Peck,

Leader of Lambeth Council and Lambeth Labour Group

Lambeth Leader slams Cameron’s Council Cuts Hypocrisy

The news last week that David Cameron has criticised his own Conservative council in Oxfordshire for making cuts to front line services has rightly caused consternation among all of us in local government who have been working hard to limit the impact of his deep cuts to our funding. In Lambeth, we’ve lost over 56% of our budget since 2010, much more than Tory councils despite our higher levels of need, which means unavoidable decisions about what services we can deliver.

David Cameron however seems to think that there are easy answers to this question and offered a meeting with his policy advisers to the Tory leader of his own council so these can be set out. Of course, such special treatment would be a breach of the ministerial code so the Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck, has written to the Prime Minister to request the same meeting so she can make his advisers aware of the reality of local government cuts in Lambeth. You can read a copy of her letter below. Continue reading