25 April 2016

Nominate a local resident for this year's Lambeth Community Awards

This year's Lambeth Community Awards have opened with resident's being urged to nominate their neighbours who have made a positive contribution to the borough.

According to Lambeth:

Every day across Lambeth, people who care about their local community make a positive contribution to the lives of others. Do you know someone who freely gives their time, working individually or with others in Lambeth who deserves recognition? Let us know as we would like to thank these people and recognise their contribution to the borough.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 5 June at midnight and there are eight categories which are listed below - you can nominate here.

Resident of the year

Do you know someone who has made a real difference in the past 12 months, making Lambeth a brighter place for those around them? How did they/you go above and beyond in supporting and inspiring others?

Young person’s community award Lambeth has an abundance of amazing young people. 

This award is for an under-25 who shows commitment to their local area. Perhaps they represent young people, give their time to help others, or by getting involved with local groups.

Bringing your neighbourhood together award 

This could be someone who goes out of their way to improve a public amenity in your area for the benefit of others (e.g. a street, park or community centre), or someone who goes out of their way to bring their community together.

Innovation and enterprise award 

An individual or group who makes the most of the assets available to them and uses their skills and networks to improve the well being for residents and the community in the local area in new and innovative ways.

Best individual garden award

Individual property that is shared with the public ie front gardens, balconies. Judges will be looking for best use of limited resources and space.

Best community garden award

A community garden involving more than one person. Plants and flowers only. Judges will be looking for best use of limited resources and space.

Food growing project

A community project using shared space involving more than one person. Edibles only. No flowers or plants.

Voluntary or community organisation of the year award 

To be awarded to a local community group or voluntary organisation that has made a difference to their community in the last 12 months by either promoting community resilience and/or well being

21 April 2016

Government cuts see Lambeth with £465 less to spend on services per household

New figures have shown that government cuts will see Lambeth left with £465 less to spend per
household on local services. The research shows that while deprived boroughs like Lambeth have seen their resources slashed, many affluent councils have seen barely a change in their funding with  West Oxfordshire, seeing a fall of just £17 per household.

Across the country local authorities’ spending power per household is on course to fall by an average of 16 per cent (£169) between 2011-12 and 2012-20.  But Labour councils are set to see falls of 21 per cent on average, compared to a 13 per cent fall for Conservative councils.  Lambeth will see its budget reduced by £238 million between 2010 and 2018. The council recently set a new budget for the year ahead - you can read this report here on what this means for Vassall.

Talking about the changes, Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth council said:

“These figures demonstrate that many councils such as Lambeth with great levels of need are being unfairly targeted by deep cuts to their funding. In Lambeth, we are losing 56% of our funding from central government despite Cameron’s West Oxfordshire seeing barely a drop in its funding.

“Lambeth Labour is striving to protect the most vulnerable in our community, by protecting our award winning violence against women and young girls unit and our council tax support scheme which helps 30,000 residents across our borough. But this deep level of cuts is having an impact on what we can provide to our residents.

“It is vital that the government’s stops this unfair policy of targeting Labour councils with the deepest level of cuts.”

19 April 2016

Vassall Safer Neighbourhood Panel meeting in April

April's meeting of the Vassall Safer Neighbourhood panel will take place at the Church Manor estate office (7pm) this Thursday (19 April). This forum brings together resident group representatives, the police and local people to discuss local crime and safety issues in Vassall. The meeting is open to all residents from the local area.

If you cannot attend, but have an issue you want to raise you can contact your local councillors who will be happy to raise your views at the meeting:

Councillor Jacqui Dyer - 07920 548463 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Gadsby - 07814 567 690 - pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Annie Gallop - 07920 560175 - agallop@lambeth.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can contact Vassall's dedicated police officer PC Soren Dymond on twitter, email or by phone on 07733 003216

06 April 2016

Lambeth asks for views on its Safer Lambeth: Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy

Lambeth is asking for resident's views about the future of its award winning Safer Lambeth: Violence Against Women and Girls programme.

At its recently announced budget, Lambeth confirmed it would be fully protecting this vital service which helps women and girls suffering from violence.

According to the consultation:

Work is currently under way to refresh the Safer Lambeth Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, first launched in 2011 to provide a joined up response to those experiencing gender-based violence in all its forms.
We will use feedback from the consultation to update the strategy. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is abuse that is targeted at women or girls because of their gender. It affects women and girls disproportionately but men and boys can be abused too. It includes:
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Forced marriage
  • “Honour-based” violence
  • Prostitution
  • Trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Stalking/ Harassment
You can find out how to fill in the consultation here - the deadline for views is Thursday, 14 April at 5pm. 

01 April 2016

Changes to services at the Minet library

Today sees a set of changes to the Minet library following Lambeth council’s Culture 2020 review.

As Vassall View reported earlier this year, Lambeth council is facing drastic government cuts of 56% since 2010, with an estimated £238 million removed from the borough’s budget by 2018. The council took the decision in its recent budget to protect core services to extremely vulnerable residents, such as the award winning violence against women and girls unit and its council tax support scheme (which helps 30,000 residents a year in Lambeth). However, this approach means that other savings will need to be made in the borough’s library service.

The changes occurring today include:

  • No change to the services, staffing or opening hours at the borough’s four largest libraries which receive the majority of the borough’s library visitors, including Brixton library near Vassall.
  • Services will be reduced at the borough’s other libraries, including Waterloo and Canergie, with longer term changes also planned for Durning and Tate South Lambet.
  • The Minet library will see its services change from today, access will continue as normal to Lambeth’s Archives which will remain on site and residents will be able to return any existing books they have or order new books from the site.
  • The library service at Minet will close from today and will then reopen in early 2017 as a healthy living centre with a self-service library that will continue to have books, study space and computer access for residents. Alongside this there will be a new gym, run by not for profit social enterprise GLL, which will offer rates at council level subscriptions for local residents.

Speaking about the changes, Cllr Jane Edbrooke, cabinet member for cultural services said:

“These changes have been prompted by the government cutting our funding, which has left us needing to make £238 million in savings between April 2010 and 2018. There’s no way we can avoid this having an impact, and means we have to change the way we do things. These cuts are completely unacceptable and unwarranted, and Lambeth Labour councillors have been highlighting consistently the devastating impact they will have on our community.

The changes we are making to our libraries will mean the borough focusing its limited resources where they can have the most impact. As a result, we are maintaining our town centre libraries at Brixton, Clapham (newly opened in 2012), West Norwood and Streatham.  For our other libraries, we have to make changes to the way the services run to ensure we can keep the buildings open and that they continue to have a library service.

“Following feedback, we have changed our original proposals which were to sell the Minet building, especially after taking into account the views of local councillors who lobbied strongly against this idea. We believe the current proposals mean we keep services in one place and from 2017 the Minet will remain a space that the community can use.”

If residents want more information about these changes, they can find it here or call 020 7926 0750 or email libraries@lambeth.gov.uk.