The Lambeth Equality Commission
Lambeth has surged ahead in so many ways in recent years: our population is growing, employment is rising and our schoolchildren continue to achieve record-breaking exam results. The enormous investment pouring into the borough is changing lives for the better.
Despite this growth, we are acutely aware that Lambeth remains one of the most deprived areas of the country – Lambeth is the 8th most deprived borough in London and the 22nd most deprived in England. Deprivation brings significant challenges in health, education and employment for everyone.
The Lambeth Equalities Commission report identified a series of inequalities many people in Lambeth have to live with every day including:
- one in three children in Lambeth born into poverty
- Almost one in five employees in Lambeth paid below the recommended London Living Wage.
- Black residents four times more likely to be unemployed than white residents.
- Less than half of disabled Lambeth residents in employment
- Black boys just under three times more likely to be arrested than white boys.
The report made a series of recommendations for action from the council and its partners – including the Mayor of London, national government and the whole community – to break down the barriers holding so many people back. The proposals included campaigning for all local employers to sign up to the London Living Wage, targeting extra help at children in the greatest need, improving relations between the police and the community, and monitoring disability hate crime as a specific crime.