Lambeth Equality Commission

Lambeth Equality Commission

Lambeth Council’s Equality Commission produced its report which was launched at an event at Clapham Library in July 2017 and we will be following up the progress being made to implement its recommendations on this page.

The report reflects the Commission’s focus on inequalities experienced by Disabled people and by Black Caribbean, Somali and Portuguese communities, around four themes in particular:
- Education and learning
- Income and employment
- Crime and justice
- Participation, decision-making and leadership

The report and the supporting evidence collected throughout the Commission’s work are here.

There are 80 recommendations across the four themes. Many are addressed to the Council but others are to other bodies - the Lambeth Schools and Safer Lambeth Partnerships, the Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police and the Government. 26 of these relate specificall to disability across the four themes. Many of these are in service areas where dasl is already active but others need new initiatives and partnerships and there is a welcome recognition by the Commission of the important role which Disabled People’s Organisations and other voluntary groups can play in making these a reality.

Thank you to all the dasl members who came to the Commission’s events across the borough. We helped the Commission organise several engagement events targeted at Disabled people and It was amazing to see so many of you and hear what you had to say.

It seems that our work made a big difference, especially around the issue of Disability Hate Crime. dasl’s Cheryl Lewis was invited to give a presentation to the Commission on this subject, which resulted in a visit from Councillor Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, to dasl to find out more about what we offer to Disabled people in Lambeth.

So what happens now? Well, it would seem that this work aligns well with the ongoing aims of the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to reduce inequalities, and the wider work of the Council, which is looking at how Social Care, Health and Housing can be more joined up to provide better services and reduce health and social inequalities.

dasl will be working closely to keep engagement with Disabled people in Lambeth going to provide effective input into how these recommendations are implemented in the coming years. There is also a new Lambeth Council Cabinet post for Equalities and Culture, held by Councillor Sonia Winifred, which will include oversight of the delivery of the recommendations of the Equality Commission and of the Council’s Equalities Impact Assessments (EIA) processes.

In June 2018 the Council organised an important event, ‘Disability Matters’ at the Town Hall, to look at how it could take forward recommendations related to its own services and employment of Disabled people.

This has been followed up by setting up a new Pan-Disability Reference Group to bring together Disabled people, their groups and organisations and the Council to give Disabled people a voice in planning and design of services and in important consultations.

We will be adding new information to our website about the Pan-Disability Reference Group after the next meeting on 25th April 2019 at We are 336, from 1-2.30pm. If you want to find out more about this please contact at dasl.