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. And, for some of our people, the problems are even more severe. Some of our communities still suffer even greater levels of poverty and inequality; they still face barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential.
We have established an Equality Commission, which will identify these barriers and tackle them head-on.
Tonight, the commission is hosting an open community meeting to explore issues around participation, representation and community leadership. Come and tell us what you think are some of the main causes of inequalities in relation to these issues – we want to better understand the effects of inequality in this area as well as identify solutions.
Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register first. You can register to attend here. The meeting is at 6pm tonight at Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1PN.