The council’s Lambeth Local Economy Hardship Fund has new grants from £5,000 to £25,000 for the businesses, charities & not for profits that rely on bringing groups of people together. This sector faces the biggest threat for survival with the ongoing need for social distancing.
The fund has four different categories – Independent Hospitality Fund, Arts and Culture at Risk Fund, Charitable Organisations Fund and Shared Workspaces and Market Traders Fund. To apply for funding see:
The council has already paid out more than £44.31m of business rates grants and support to over 3,000 businesses and waived rents for many local charities and small businesses.
Cllr Matthew Bennett (pictured) the councillor responsible for the local economy says “Our social, creative and community sectors play a critical role in Lambeth’s thriving local economy, support thousands of jobs and are an important part in what makes our town centres, and Lambeth as a whole, so vibrant. We have quickly put together a fresh package of support using government funding topped up from our own financial resources to protect our locally owned small businesses, leisure industry, cultural sector and charities.”
For more details see:
There is clear evidence the coronavirus pandemic is adversely impacting the UK’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Local West Norwood councillor Sonia Winifred is Lambeth’s lead for Equalities and Culture and has written to key stakeholders outlining her concerns. Sonia says: “Whilst I am pleased to hear the government will launch an inquiry into the disproportionality of BAME deaths due to COVID-19, I would urge the government to approach this as a matter of priority. Lambeth is recording the relevant equalities data in all of the support services that we are providing and for example making sure our BAME business community is accessing the support for business we have put in place locally , as well as accessing the government’s scheme.”
To see Sonia’s open letter in full see:
For local advice & help during the coronavirus crisis please see:
The first confirmed coronavirus case in the UK was 29th February. A month later we have at least 20,000 people testing positive in the UK . To stop the spread of coronavirus we must all stay at home. And if we have to go out – keep 2 metres apart from other people. And of course wash our hands!
All the detailed government guidance can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Check this site regularly as there are frequent changes to the details of the guidance. Look at this site for advice if you have the coronavirus symptoms or feel unwell.
Lambeth council website has local information on coronavirus – see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/coronavirus-covid-19-information There are pages on: how council services have changed due to coronavirus; support if you have lost your job; help for vulnerable people; how to volunteer to help others; and the support available for businesses.
The council’s vulnerable people help line is 020 7926 2999.
In West Norwood we have lots of Covid19 mutual aid neighbourhood groups. See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/
Please take care when sharing confidential information online about vulnerable people. Sadly we need to be alert to scammers even at this time. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/29/coronavirus-social-disease-fraudsters-adapt-old-scams
Your local ward councillors have many contacts with local organisations and local people. Do get in touch if additional help is needed.
For our contact details see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
To contact Helen Hayes MP see: https://www.helenhayes.org.uk/get_in_touch
Stay safe. We can get through this together!