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A huge thank you to all of you who came out to our “Pizza, Politics and Mental Health” event at the Three Stags on Monday evening. I was blown away by the open, inclusive and positive atmosphere - and completely inspired by Norman Lamb’s talk and Q&A. We are so fortunate to be able to learn from his experiences (personal and political) and we are determined to carry this energy forward into our local council campaigning and beyond!
Furthermore, we raised a fantastic £137.57 for the charity Cocoon Family Support. The money will go directly to help local families who are struggling with mental illness. These mums (and dads) are often falling through the gaps in current service provision for mild to moderate Perinatal mental illness, and Rosie and her small team of volunteers do an incredible job.
The official Time To Talk Day 2018 is happening TODAY and there is still time to get involved. Take a look at their website for ideas and resources.
Remember: you don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health!
Just reach out and ask someone how they are doing. Perhaps somebody you haven’t heard from in a while, or who has pulled out of a few social events. As Time To Change are emphasising this year, you can talk about mental health anywhere, any time!
Finally, we just wanted to sign post you to some more local resources (in terms of mental health, services and other events). We hope this is useful, and builds on all the enthusiasm and connections made in the room at the event!
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Liberal Democrat council candidates have helped secure a consultation on buffer zones around Lambeth’s three abortion clinics.
Liberal Democrats were part of a cross party delegation
Protesters from anti-abortion groups are frequently seen close to the clinics in Streatham and Brixton Hill. Protestors use upsetting images and false information on abortions to attempt to dissuade women from using the clinics’ services. Women and their partners have complained of feeling targeted and intimidated. See our story on the issue here.
Streatham Wells candidate Helen Thompson (pictured below) and Oval candidate Kathryn Grant (pictured back row right, above) were part of the deputation submitted to the council meeting on 24th January.
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This letter was sent to Lambeth council Cabinet member Cllr Sonia Winifred, who will decide on whether the 40,000 capacity Lovebox and the 37,000 Field Day events can take place in Brockwell Park this summer.
Dear Councillor Winifred,
Following the public meeting in Herne Hill on 18 January, we are writing to you to express our deep concern about the applications to hold the Field Day and Lovebox festivals in Brockwell Park this summer.
In brief, our position is this:
- Neither Field Day, Lovebox nor Lambeth Council provided reassurance that the events do not pose a considerable risk to the park.
- Both applications should be rejected.
- We call for a moratorium on new proposals, including the present ones, for commercial events in Brockwell Park for 2018.
- There needs to be full, proper and publicised consultation with residents on the nature of these events.
- The consultation process has been poorly handled and has led to division rather than community dialogue.
- There should be core funding for parks; aggressive threats to the future of both Brockwell Park and the Lambeth Country Show should cease.
- Urgent repairs to the park should be carried out without delay.
If elected on 3 May we will use any influence we have to cancel any contract Labour makes with the promoters.
The plans presented on Thursday, which added only limited insight to the existing knowledge, did very little to reassure that these events can take place without the prospect of considerable damage to the park’s environment, infrastructure and wildlife, and huge inconvenience to local residents. There is a lack of research, planning and due diligence and it is clear that the promoters have not based their applications on worked up knowledge of the park in which they hope to hold their festival.
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Lambeth has more than 707 empty homes, according to figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats. More than 200 have been empty for over 5 years.
The figures also reveal that Labour Lambeth have completely failed to get a grip on these empty homes. Under existing law, councils can take back control of homes that have been empty for two years, by issuing an Empty Homes Management Order.
But following a freedom of information request from the Lib Dems, Lambeth's Labour Council were forced to admit that they had not issued a single order in the last 5 years.
Sign our petition calling for Labour Lambeth to use their full powers to bring empty homes back into use.
As the housing crisis grips London, and with homelessness on the rise, the figures represent an astounding mismanagement of the housing stock.
Commenting on the release of the new figures, George Turner commented: "Sadly, these new figures will be of little surprise to anyone who has followed Lambeth Labour's disastrous policies on housing.
Over a third of households in Lambeth live in private-rented accommodation. It is the Council’s job to protect tenants against poor conditions and bad landlords.
How does Labour Lambeth do on this front? A survey titled Rogue Landlords in London carried out by a London Assembly member revealed the truth.
The law allows local authorities to carry out an HHSRS inspection. That means inspecting flats to see that:
- Water Gas and Electricity
- Hand basins, showers and baths
- Lavatories and drains
- Heating and hot water
Are suitable, working and safe.
In answer to the survey Labour Lambeth simply couldn’t say how many such surveys it had carried out to protect tenants.