Lambeth Equality Commission

Lambeth Equality Commission

Lambeth Council’s Equality Commission has now produced its report which was launched at an event at Clapham Library on 18th July.
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 at: http://future.lambeth.gov.uk/equality_commission
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.

We have identified 26 recommendations specifically relating 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.

Click here to see the recommendations DASL have identified.

Thank you to all the DASL members who came to the Commission’s events across the borough. Through my project 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, in particular, with Isabelle Clement, one of the Commissioners, who has been involved in the Disability Rights Movement for many years. We want 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.

This page will be updated as work progresses, watch this space!

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