At the Full Council meeting last night Councillor Chris Best made a brief announcement declaring Lewisham Council's bid to be award the new Mayor's accolade of "Borough of Culture 2018". For more information please follow the link below.
At the Full Council meeting last night Councillor Chris Best made a brief announcement declaring Lewisham Council's bid to be award the new Mayor's accolade of "Borough of Culture...
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.
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
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."
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...
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 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...
Cllr Brenda Dacres, Chair of Labour Group, said "I am pleased Lewisham Council has just agreed to set up an Independent Inquiry to look at the New Bermondsey/Surrey Canal scheme. Public interest, following a series of reports in the media and the concerns expressed by the Council’s own Scrutiny Committee, will be best served if we make sure every effort is made to discover the facts.
Our priorities have been that the inquiry is independent and that all relevant matters are investigated.
Lewisham Council has been a model for good services and engaging the community. The Council's reputation has been undermined, and it is of vital concern to all Labour councillors that we restore that reputation and public confidence in the Council. We also want to reassure all our residents, as well as Millwall Football Club and its supporters, and others who were affected by the proposed CPO, that we take this matter extremely seriously.
The investigation must be full and proper and, while it is urgent, we must allow it to take its course.
We all want to get at the truth. Our tasks now are to make sure we allow the Inquiry to be set up in a genuinely independent manner, let whoever is appointed get on with job, free of any obstruction, and await the outcome. I hope all those who share our ambition will join us in so doing. We owe it to the people of Lewisham."
Cllr Brenda Dacres, Chair of Labour Group, said "I am pleased Lewisham Council has just agreed to set up an Independent Inquiry to look at the New Bermondsey/Surrey Canal scheme....
Today Lewisham Council passed its budget for 2017/2018 which saw central government grant squeezed by £11.7 million, bringing the Council’s general budget down to £232 million.
This year we have also been forced to increase council tax by 4.99% in an effort to protect - as far as possible - the services that our community relies on in particular social care and the support that we provide to our most vulnerable residents.
Council Tax is not a fair tax – it is a blunt measure that hits poor working households the hardest. Yet the Tory Government have decided that Council Tax increases by local councils can solve the national social care crisis. They could not be more wrong. Not only will Council Tax increases not cover the increased demand (even Tory Surrey Council were planning a 15% increase until they reached a special arrangement with their Tory minister colleagues), but inner city areas like Lewisham are harder hit because we have proportionately more social need and fewer higher rate council tax payers.
The cumulative impact of ten years of actual and planned Tory and Lib Dem cuts will mean that Lewisham’s budget will have been cut by 63% during the period 2010 -2020. The impact has been stark so far: Lewisham Council is now almost half the size it was in 2010, with 2,185 staff compared to 3,937 in 2010. We know only too well that despite our best attempts, most residents using Council services will have noticed that we cannot always do as much or as quickly as we did before.
In the face of the grim outlook, we want to pay tribute to our staff across the Council who are doing a remarkable job ensuring residents get the essential services and support they need. The Council is trying innovative solutions, including sharing services with other boroughs. Most recently, sharing our information technology service with Brent Council has saved over £1 million per year and has enabled our social workers to use effective mobile technology when working on the move. Also, by working with a strong local community, we are able to keep all 12 public libraries open.
And we will strive to deliver Labour priorities too. We are tackling the Tory housing crisis by building 2,000 affordable homes including the first council homes in a generation. In Place Ladywell we have delivered an innovative solution for families in temporary accommodation. We were the first Living Wage council in the country. We will continue to pay the real Living Wage, and in the last year, our business rates incentive scheme has more than trebled the number of Living Wage employers in Lewisham.
Finally, we are very proud that our Lewisham Offer for Syrian Refugees has found homes for initially 10 vulnerable refugee families from the horrific war in Syria. None of these homes has come from the Council’s social stock in order not to add pressure to the housing crisis, but have been offered from the local community as a result of the Council’s collaboration with local volunteers including Lewisham Citizens and many local faith groups and charities.
Lewisham may have lost millions in our financial resources, but our strongest resource is our people. Labour in Lewisham recognises that fact – by working together we will survive this reckless Tory Government and keep local services delivering however hard it gets.
If you want to find out more about our budget, you can do so here.
Today Lewisham Council passed its budget for 2017/2018 which saw central government grant squeezed by £11.7 million, bringing the Council’s general budget down to £232 million. This year we have...