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This week Baroness Floella Benjamin, who is a Lambeth-based Liberal Democrat peer, wrote to Councillor Brathwaite expressing her concerns around the proposed cuts to children's services in our borough.
"I urge you to reconsider your proposals and I hope you will find a way to give Lambeth's children the start in life that they deserve. I would very much like to meet with you to discuss this important and urgent matter further", said Baroness Benjamin.
You can read the full text of Baroness Benjamin's letter here.
She will be meeting Lambeth Council representatives soon, reflecting the views of many local residents who have been campaigning to stop the cuts.
Join Baroness Benjamin in this campaign by writing to your local Councillors.
In these febrile times, it is often surprising that ordinary political scandals keep on happening right here, in our city and borough. The Garden Bridge is such a scandal, as we have been reminded by Transport for London (TfL)’s recent admission that it will pay a final £5.5 million to the Garden Bridge Trust, bringing the total sum paid by TfL and the Department for Transport to £43 million.
To be clear, that’s £43 million of taxpayer money. Without even starting construction. Money that could have been more usefully spent on almost anything other than than this bridge-not-built.
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On 10th February Lambeth Liberal Democrats submitted a response to Labour-run Lambeth's proposed cuts to children's services across the borough. Representing the views of more than 500 local residents who signed our petition, we urged the council to "reconsider these flawed plans".
In our letter we demand:
- That the council maintains the current levels of provision
- That all centres remain open
- That the Council guarantees children’s centre funding at the existing level for five years
We await the results of the public consultation and are committed to fighting so that every child in the borough has the best start in life.