Guest blog – Fair to everyone and ambitious for all

3 June 2014

Written by: Councillor Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council

Council statements and updates

The residents of Lambeth have again elected a Labour administration, voting to elect 16 new councillors.  I’m delighted with the result.  We’ve got a great team on board, all keen and ready to work hard for their local communities, and to fulfil the promise we made to you going into the election: to be fair to everyone and ambitious for all.

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To make this happen, in our manifesto we made a number of promises to you:

Firstly, we promised to help you with the rising cost of living by keeping your Council Tax bill frozen for the sixth year in a row. We hope that this has already helped out household finances up and down the borough.

Secondly, we’re committed to boosting Lambeth’s job market and supporting local businesses. We want to see our town centres thrive, and we want everyone in Lambeth to have the opportunity to get into work. We’ll be offering every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship and working to bring thousands of new jobs to the borough.

We promised to make Lambeth a cleaner and greener place to live and work: investing in repairing old and damaged roads and pavements, keeping streets clean and recycling more than ever before.

We’ve promised to build 1,000 new council homes and bring the ones we already own up to a decent standard.

We’ve promised to give every young person in Lambeth a good start to the day and are working with schools to offer free breakfasts in all our primary schools. And, we’ve already launched a commission with Southwark, to be chaired by the Rt Hon Dame Tessa Jowell MP to look into how we can help parents find affordable and flexible childcare.

Finally, we’re committed to keeping the people of Lambeth fit and healthy. With three new leisure centres for local people to use in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood there are plenty of opportunities for people to get active and our plan is to continue to get more people involved in sports and leisure across the borough.

You can guarantee we’ll be working hard to make sure we keep these promises.