Lib Dems push Councillor for assurances on Lambeth's children's centres

This week Lambeth resident and Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Floella Benjamin held a productive meeting with Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for Children & Young People, to discuss the proposed cuts to funding for children’s centres.

Baroness Benjamin has been a longstanding campaigner and advocate for children and was instrumental in the introduction of Sure Start centres.  She joined the local Lib Dem team to ask the council for assurances over the provision of services that are vital to the whole community, but especially important to the most vulnerable.

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Baroness Floella Benjamin will meet Lambeth Council to challenge cuts

key_floella.jpgThis 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.

 

 

 

 

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The truth must out: it’s time for answers on the Garden Bridge

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[1], bringing the total sum paid by TfL and the Department for Transport to £43 million[2].

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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"Reconsider these flawed plans": Lib Dems voice community concerns over children's services

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. 

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Lambeth Labour on notice in face of Lib Dem resurgence

Labour has good reason to worry in the lead-up to the expected second by-election in Thornton ward, after the Liberal Democrats emerged as a strong challenger in the vote on 7th February.

Thornton voters registered their discontent with Labour both nationally and locally in the by-election caused by resignation of Labour Councillor Jane Edbrooke. The Liberal Democrats achieved a 21% swing from Labour, to secure 32.8% of the vote.

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