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Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that calls for an immediate end to the public sector pay cap. The motion highlights the fact that in terms of inflation and other economic factors real terms wages have fallen over 21% since 2010 and things will only get worse. This is without even taking into account the drastic austerity based ideological cuts which are already having significant impact on these already stretched public services.

Lewisham Labour backs the claims from the NJC and supported by a multitude of Public Sector Unions including: Unison, GMB and Unite.

Councillor Paul Bell who spoke in favour of the motion said:

“Our staff are our greatest asset. Paying a fair wage for their tremendous hard work and dedication is not simply a good thing to do, it is the morally right thing to do.”

 

The full text of the motion can be found on the Council website below.

http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=138&MId=4623

Lewisham Labour Group calls on Government to Scrap the Cap

    Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that calls for an immediate end to the public sector pay cap. The motion highlights the fact that in terms of inflation and...

Councillor Stella Jeffrey

 Councillor Stella Jeffrey

Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that gives the Council’s full support to the London Fire Brigade’s “Total Recall” Campaign. The full text of the motion can be found in the link below.

Writing in support of the Motion, the Mover Cllr. Jeffrey explains:

"Most fires involving white goods are not down to the owner but due to faults beyond their control.  Any of us could find ourselves in that situation.

The tragic events outlined in the first three paragraphs of the motion are just a sample of the fires caused by faulty equipment.  We do not yet know the official cause of the Grenfell fire but it is suspected that a fire in a fridge-freezer began the conflagration.

Not all accidents can be avoided but we know that an effective product recall system can prevent any more households being devastated.

Many of us are reliant on machines which may be manufactured in countries around the globe and marketed as part of a variety of brands.  So as well as a product recall system, we need to have  more stringent manufacturing standards for white goods such as washing machines, fridges, dryers and cookers.

When things go wrong with faulty appliances, it is usually the Fire Brigade that comes to the rescue.  Since 2010 London Fire Brigade have attended 2,170 fires involving faulty white goods, that's almost one a day.

In July 2016 it launched its Total Recalls campaign.  It wants a single, government-supported register for all product recalls, more publicity for the recall of products, critically products to be marked so that they can be identified after a fire and manufacturers to publish their risk assessments.

The Fire Brigade and others are also calling for a change in the way that fridges are manufactured so that they are safer and is also encouraging householders to register their appliances with the manufacturer when they buy them so that they will be notified if there are any problems identified.

This motion calls on the Council to show its support for the campaign and to write to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Mayor of London, the Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the London Fire Commissioner expressing that support and urging action. 

This is not a political football, people's lives are at stake.  The government should act without delay."

http://councilmeetings.lewisham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=138&MId=4623

Lewisham Council backs London Fire Brigade's "Total Recall" Campaign

 Councillor Stella Jeffrey Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that gives the Council’s full support to the London Fire Brigade’s “Total Recall” Campaign. The full text of the motion can be...

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Local members have selected Damien Egan to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s Lewisham Mayoral election. Current Mayor of Lewisham, Labour’s Steve Bullock, is standing down after 15 years of service.

Damien Egan is currently a Lewisham Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing, as well as Training Manager at Ethical Trading Partnership.

 

Councillor Egan said

“It is a huge privilege to be selected by my fellow Labour Party members as our candidate to be Mayor of Lewisham. I want to thank the other candidates for giving their all in an intense campaign, as well as the many hundreds of Labour members for getting involved and helping to shape our ideas for making life better in Lewisham.

“Steve Bullock has given Lewisham fantastic service over the years, and now we must prepare for the future. Lewisham, like much of London, has been left behind by the Tories and their pro-Brexit, austerity agenda. That is why it is so important that we have a Labour Mayor to protect the most vulnerable and fight to ensure we all have a stake in Lewisham’s future.

“But whatever the Tories may throw at us, Lewisham’s greatest asset is our strong community. I care deeply about our diversity and tolerance and will always make sure Lewisham is an open and welcoming home for everyone. 

“If elected I look forward to working with the rest of the Labour Party: our national leader, Jeremy Corbyn, our Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, and our local MPs and Councillors, in delivering a Lewisham we can all be proud of.”

 

You can see the full breakdown of the result below:

 

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Councillor Damien Egan selected as Lewisham Labour's Mayoral Candidate

Lewisham Labour Councillors unite with local residents to mark the 40 year anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham

This Sunday the Lewisham community came together with Labour Councillors and members to mark 40 years since the Battle of Lewisham. The Battle of Lewisham took place on 13th August, 1977 when the National Front attempted to march through Lewisham. 

Their effort to divide and intimidate the local community was thwarted by local people who came together to block their path in Deptford. 8,000 people from the local community, from trade unions, faith groups and many other organisations came together and united against racism and fascism. 

Many people who were there in the day joined to mark the anniversary. Cllr Joan Millbank, Cabinet Member for the Third Sector and Community unveiled a Lewisham Maroon Plaque to mark the event. 

Cllr Joan Millbank, Cabinet Member for the Third Sector and Community said;

"To mark the 40th anniversary we have funded a Maroon plaque to commemorate Lewisham's response to the racism of the National Front. I am proud that Lewisham continues to celebrate diversity and promote equality."

Lewisham commemorates 40 years since the Battle of Lewisham

Lewisham Labour Councillors unite with local residents to mark the 40 year anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham This Sunday the Lewisham community came together with Labour Councillors and members to...

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The Lewisham Poverty Commission held its first meeting last week.

 Lewisham is a great place to live, with a strong and vibrant community. But poverty still blights the lives of tens of thousands of people in Lewisham. 

 Tory austerity has hit Lewisham hard. Cuts to benefits – both for those in work on low pay, and for those unable to work – have made poverty far worse. The scrapping of housing benefit for 18 to 22 year olds is just the latest example. And their huge cuts to  Lewisham Council's funding has limited what we're able to do in response. But despite this, we're determined to do what we can to tackle poverty in our community

 The Lewisham Poverty Commission - set up by Lewisham Council - has brought together Lewisham Councillors, local stakeholders and national experts to examine the impact of poverty in the borough, and develop ideas to tackle poverty locally. 

 The Poverty Commission will seek out the views and experience of local residents, examine what Lewisham is currently doing to tackle poverty, and identify best practice from other councils. In the autumn the commission will publish a final report with recommendations for cutting poverty in Lewisham which will be presented to Mayor and Cabinet for consideration. 

 Councillor Joe Dromey, who is Chairing the Lewisham Poverty Commission said: 'Nobody should have to live in poverty. But despite living in one of the wealthiest cities in the world, tens of thousands of people in our community still live in poverty.

 'Our Lewisham Poverty Commission will bring together local stakeholders and national experts to take a fresh look at the challenge of poverty in Lewisham. We'll be looking to develop innovative policy responses that can make a real difference, even in these difficult times.'

Councillor James Walsh added "Lewisham is committed to ensuring all of its residents, no matter their financial circumstances not only live, but thrive in our Borough. This work isn't just looking at today's problems and wringing our fists, but ensuring we're preparing and insulating our residents from the continued attacks of Tory Austerity".

Tackling Poverty in Lewisham - Lewisham Poverty Commission gets underway

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