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Save the date! Lewisham Labour Manifesto 2018 Workshops

Please join us for a series of manifesto workshops in January that will help build a radical manifesto for the local elections next May.

 

The past few months have been a huge democratic exercise for our local party. We now have all of our candidates selected to fight the local elections in May 2018. But it doesn’t stop there. Together, our ideas can help tackle the key challenges facing the borough and help improve the lives of residents here in Lewisham.

 

Joining us will be your local MP, Lewisham Labour Group Councillors/candidates, and guest speakers, including John McDonnell MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, and Emily Thornberry MP.

 

We’re holding three workshops in each of our CLPs in January, as follows:

  • Saturday January 20th 2018 – Lewisham Deptford – Deptford Methodist Church
  • Sunday January 21st  2018 – Lewisham East – Civic Centre, Lewisham Council
  • Sunday January 28th 2018 – Lewisham West & Penge – Forest Hill Methodist Church

 

Click below to RVSP for your opportunity to help build a more prosperous Lewisham for its residents:

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Can you help?

If you can spare some time to help at the workshops or to help with the campaign, then please get in touch!

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Finally, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. I look forward to joining you on the campaign trail in 2018.

Damien Egan, Labour Mayoral Candidate 2018

Lewisham Labour Manifesto Workshops 2018

Save the date! Lewisham Labour Manifesto 2018 Workshops Please join us for a series of manifesto workshops in January that will help build a radical manifesto for the local elections...

STATEMENT FROM LEWISHAM LABOUR GROUP OFFICERS

Lewisham Labour Group welcomes the findings of the Dyson Inquiry into the New Bermondsey/Surrey Canal proceedings relating to the decision to compulsory purchase land currently leased to Millwall football club.

We wish to emphasise that the remit was to establish whether Council members and officers behaved legally and properly during these processes and are pleased that the Dyson Inquiry has done that. We also wish to stress that these findings in no way validate the initial CPO decision and that those issues will be looked at in the coming weeks and months.

Further, we condemn the attacks in the media on fellow councillors – particularly those threatening physical abuse in social media on Cllr Paul Maslin. Members, rightly or wrongly, take their decisions in what they see as the best interests of the community. To subject them to the level of abuse encountered by Cllr Maslin is completely unwarranted and unjustified. We would ask those members of the public involved, no matter what their affiliation or where their sympathies lie, to desist.

Cllr Bill Brown, Labour Group Chair

Cllr Liz Johnston-Franklin, Labour Group Secretary

Cllr Jim Mallory, Labour Group Chief Whip

30 November 2017

Lord Dyson Independent Report: Lewisham Labour Statement

STATEMENT FROM LEWISHAM LABOUR GROUP OFFICERS Lewisham Labour Group welcomes the findings of the Dyson Inquiry into the New Bermondsey/Surrey Canal proceedings relating to the decision to compulsory purchase land...

 

To mark White Ribbon day on 25th November, Lewisham Labour has again pledged its continued commitment to never commit, condone or remain silent about the violence against women and girls.

Mayor Bullock made an announcement at the Full Council meeting on November 22nd highlighting Lewisham’s continued support of outlining the need to tackle violence against women, and challenge social attitudes and behaviours that lead to gender based violence.

Cllr Janet Daby, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said “This day gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on the continued prevalence of violence against women and girls in our communities. This is an issues that affected so many women and girls, it shocking that the statistics show that 1 in 4 women and girls will suffer domestic abuse and 1 in 5 will experience sexual violence.”

“It is clear that is can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation or culture.  This why is so important that we send a message to all parts of our communities that any form of violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we need tackle it together.”

To find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign please click here

Lewisham Labour Supports White Ribbon Campaign 2017

  To mark White Ribbon day on 25th November, Lewisham Labour has again pledged its continued commitment to never commit, condone or remain silent about the violence against women and girls....

 

The Living Wage is defined as the amount required to live free of poverty, and under Labour Lewisham Council became the first Local Authority to be awarded “Living Wage Accredited” status. The Labour Group warmly welcomes Living Wage Week, an initiative Lewisham Labour has strived to be at the forefront of.

Lewisham Council is proud that on top of being an accredited Living Wage employer, it also encourages other employers in the Borough to commit to this standard as well. One such initiative is the Business Rate discount that was introduced last year to employers who become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation. The discount is worth up to £5,000 and is available to employers who commit to paying their staff the Living Wage. As well as the generous discount, employers will also be offered free advertising in Lewisham Life – the council magazine that goes to over 100,000 households in the borough. 

These plans have supported more employers to pay the Living Wage and help tackle in-work poverty. Lewisham faces higher than average levels of in-work poverty; one in four jobs in the borough pays below the Living Wage. Across the city, there are 1.2 million Londoners who live in a working family but are still in poverty, up by 70% over the last decade. 

Vicky Foxcroft MP for Lewisham Deptford said “I was a Councillor in Lewisham when we introduced the Living Wage. It shows the difference Labour can make in local government. I’m delighted that Lewisham Council are going further and supporting local employers who do the right thing. We will only tackle poverty through making work pay.” 

Sarah Vero, Director of Living Wage Foundation said: “we are thrilled to see this leadership from the London Borough of Lewisham. Lewisham was one of the first Local Authorities to take up the Living Wage accreditation and are now extending this commitment to encouraging local employers to go Living Wage. There are now over 2,000 Living Wage accredited employers showing that the Living Wage is good for people and for business.”

Cllr Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Resources said “the massive cuts in public funding by the Tory government – including nearly half of Lewisham Council's budget since 2010 – has caused a huge strain on public services to our local businesses and residents. We hope that this cost-effective offer from the Council will help our businesses do the right thing for people working in our Borough."

For more information on becoming a Lewisham Living Wage employer please click here

And for more information on Living Wage Week and the Foundation please click here

Living Wage Week: Lewisham Labour's Contribution

A group of local Labour Councillors and poverty experts have been considering how poverty can be tackled in the borough. The group is called the Lewisham Poverty Commission.

Members

The Commission combines expertise about poverty with expertise about the local area. Its members are:

  • Councillor Joe Dromey, Cabinet Member for Policy and Performance, Lewisham Council, and Chair of the Lewisham Poverty Commission
  • Alice Woudhuysen, London Campaign Manager, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Bharat Mehta, Chief Executive, Trust for London
  • Bill Davies, Head of Policy, Central London Forward
  • Councillor Brenda Dacres, Lewisham Council
  • Claire Mansfield, Head of Research, New Local Government Network
  • Councillor Colin Elliott, Lewisham Council
  • Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Gloria Wyse, Co-Chair, Lewisham Citizens
  • Councillor James-J Walsh, Lewisham Council
  • Councillor Joyce Jacca, Lewisham Council
  • Councillor Joan Millbank, Cabinet Member for the Third Sector and Community, Lewisham Council
  • Simon Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London.

What the Lewisham Poverty Commission does

The Commission’s objectives were to:

  • bring together local stakeholders and national experts
  • critically examine the challenge of poverty in Lewisham
  • look for innovative ways to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by poverty
  • seek the views and experience of local residents
  • examine what we (the Council and our partners) are currently doing to tackle poverty
  • identify best practice from other councils.

Aims of the Lewisham Poverty Commission

The Commission’s aims are to:

  • recommend ways to alleviate poverty
  • reduce the negative effects of poverty
  • help communities be more resilient against poverty.

What Lewisham Council has done so far

In 2012 we became the joint-first Living Wage accredited council in the country and the Commission’s new report shows that we continue to lead the way on tackling poverty. We recently introduced a business rate incentive to promote the London Living Wage, with the number of accredited employers rising by 560% in the last 18 months.

Councillor Joe Dromey, Cabinet Member for Policy and Performance, and Chair of the Lewisham Poverty Commission said,

“Lewisham is a great place to live. But despite being situated in the heart of London, one of the wealthiest cities in the world, tens of thousands of our residents live in poverty.

Lewisham has a proud record of tackling poverty, but there is much more we can do. Despite the Government's decision to cut two thirds of our funding, we are determined to make a big difference locally.”

The Commission’s new report includes 52 recommendations to:

  • enable local people to access decent work
  • reduce child poverty
  • tackle the housing crisis.

Tackling poverty in Lewisham

The proposals include the creation of a 'Lewisham Deal', which would:

  • provide more apprenticeships
  • promote the real Living Wage
  • create more opportunities for local businesses to trade.

The Lewisham Deal would be delivered by a partnership of public sector employers including housing, health and education.

The full report can be downloaded here

Lewisham Poverty Commission

​ A group of local Labour Councillors and poverty experts have been considering how poverty can be tackled in the borough. The group is called the Lewisham Poverty Commission. Members...

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