Lambeth council has just written to every household with details of everyone with a right to vote. If any names are missed off the list there is time to get registered at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The elections this year are on Thursday May 6th for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Assembly members.The government said on 5th February that the local elections will also go ahead see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-55938380
British Citizens age 18 or over, Irish & EU citizens and most Commonwealth citizens living here are entitled to register & vote in these elections.
So why not be safe and vote early in this election and avoid any socially distanced queuing at the polling station? Apply to vote early by downloading this form:
If you have no access to a printer to print off the form please phone the Lambeth Election team at 020 7926 2254 option 3 during office hours.
Sadiq Khan is consulting on the new draft policing plan for London with plans to crack down on knife crime and improve victims services. Our London Mayor is proposing three new London-wide commitments:
- keeping children and young people safe
- tackling violence against women and girls
- and standing together against extremism, hatred and intolerance
To have a say on this draft plan: go to the consultation website.
Deadline for comments is Thursday 2nd March 2017
At a time when government is cutting public sector budgets the London Metropolitan police are having to make considerable savings. £600m efficiency savings have been made since 2019 and the government requires a further £400m savings by 2020.
People who chose to vote by post are voting now to choose the next London Mayor.
There are 3 ballot papers: one for the Mayor; one to represent Lambeth & Southwark on the Greater London Assembly(GLA) and one for party representatives on the GLA.
To be counted postal ballots must be posted in time to reach the Council by the end of May 5th. Or they can be handed in at any polling station on Thursday May 5th election day.
If your postal ballot has not arrived by post by Thursday 28th April you can get another one- apply in person to Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill SW2 1RD with photo-id and confirmation of your address.
Londoner’s new year public transport fare increases come in on Saturday 2nd January
Travel cards will go up and the one-day caps too.
London Transport pricing is complicated with a range of cards , caps and concessions . To check out how fare increases will affect you see:
https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/fares?intcmp=1648#on-this-page-1. A zone 1 -3 weekly travel card costs £38.
In the last seven years, tube and bus fares have increased by more than 40 per cent, while wages have failed to keep pace.That’s why Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, has pledged to freeze all tube, train and bus fares for the next four years.
Gipsy Hill police station
Gipsy Hill police station at 66 Central Hill SE19 1DT has been closed to the public temporarily for many months but our local police teams are still based there. Residents have been campaigning to get Gipsy Hill police station re-opened ( see http://www.streathamguardian.co.uk/news/9943060.Growing_fears_of_police_station_closure/ )
But despite the views of local people London’s Tory mayor is now planning to close Gipsy Hill police station permanently and sell off the building. Local people will have to travel all the way to Brixton if they want to speak to a member of the police and report a crime.
Policing across London is the responsibility of the Mayor of London who has cut the number of police officers in Lambeth by 214 since 2010. Lambeth is asking for a fairer deal and 100 more police to bring the borough in line with the London average. To show your support for the campaign for 100 more police just sign the council petition at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=329&RPID=17243862&HPID=17243862
Council leader, Cllr Lib Peck met with the Deputy Mayor for Policing at City Hall, Stephen Greenhalgh on Wednesday 13th March following an earlier meeting with the Mayor, Boris Johnson. See article in 5th March edition of South London Press.
Lambeth council is asking the Mayor of London to provide 100 more police officers for Lambeth to make our streets safer.
The Mayor of London is responsible for policing across London. According to the Mayor’s own figures the number of police officers in Lambeth has fallen by 20 per cent since 2010 meaning we lost 214 police officers in that time. That’s the biggest reduction of any London borough. Lambeth is asking for a fairer deal and more police for a borough which has high levels of crime and increasing levels of fear of crime (up 9 per cent last year). 100 more police officers would mean Lambeth being treated like other London boroughs and will bring us in line with the London average. That’s a fair deal.
The 100 extra police will:
- Keep local policing teams
- Break the cycle of gang violence
- Make Lambeth safer for women
- Reduce robbery and serious violent crime
- Put police where they are needed most.
You can help by signing the council petition and passing it on to your friends and family.
And come along to a public meeting in the new Clapham Library at 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB on Monday 18 March 7pm to 8.30pm
The RE:NEW scheme offers free insulation and energy advice – just ring free phone number 0800 652 7206 for a home check.
The Mayor of London and Lambeth Council are working with Climate Energy to help everyone live in energy efficient homes. The recommended thickness of loft insulation is now 270mm and any homes built between the 1930s and mid 1980s are likely to need cavity wall insulation.
But do hurry – this scheme runs out by the end of November 2012!!
It wasn’t only the gloomy weather greeting commuters at West Norwood Station Tuesday morning, but also higher fares. Fares on London’s public transport, are rising again, by 5.6% overall, as people head back to work after the New Year break.
Local Labour councillors were at the station this morning handing out fliers as part of the Labour Party’s Fare Deal campaign. 2012 is an election year for the Mayor of London and London Assembly members. The cost of public transport is set to be a key election issue with The Labour Candidate, Ken Livingstone, promising to cut fares if he is elected in May. In contrast, a single bus ticket is up 50% and a weekly zone 1 – 4 travel card is up 21% under the current Conservative Mayor.
Oyster bus fare are now £1.35 ( £2.30 if you pay cash) . Peak time zone-3 oyster rail ticket up 6.9% to £3.10 (£4.30 if you pay cash) . 7-day zone-3 travel card up 6.2% to £ 34.20