Agenda item

Motions

Minutes:

Motion 1: Green: Improving Temporary Accommodation for Lambeth Residents

 

Councillor Jonathan Bartley requested that a recorded vote be undertaken for the first motion, under procedure rule 14.3 (Constitution, Part 4, Section B(d), page 94).

 

The amendment from the Conservative Member was NOT CARRIED by 1 vote for, to 47 against.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

ADILYPOUR Daniel 

x

AINSLIE Scott

 

x

 

AMOS David 

x

ANYANWU Donatus 

x

ATKINS Liz 

x

ATKINS Mary 

x

BARTLEY Jonathan 

x

BENNETT, Matthew 

x

O’Hara Scarlett 

x

BRAY Linda 

x

BRIGGS Tim  

x

CALDICOTT Lucy 

x

CAMERON Marcia 

x

CHOWDHURY Rezina 

x

CLARK Malcolm  

x

CORRY-ROAKE Joe 

x

DAVIE Ed 

x

DOGUS Ibrahim 

x

DONNELLY Stephen 

x

DYER Jacqui 

x

ELLIOT Pete 

x

ELY Peter 

x

GADSBY Paul 

x

GARDEN Adrian 

x

GRIFFITHS Nicole 

x

HASELDEN Nigel 

x

HASHI Mahamed 

x

HOLLAND Claire 

x

JASER, Mohamed 

x

KAZANTZIS, John 

x

KIND Ben 

x

MANLEY-BROWN Nanda 

x

MASTERS Marianna 

x

MELDRUM Jackie 

x

MOHAMMED Irfan 

x

NORMAL Philip 

x

NYE Emma 

x

PICKARD Jane 

x

REYNOLDS Joanna 

x

SEEDAT, Mohammed 

x

THACKRAY Becca 

x

TIEDEMANN Martin 

x

VALCARCEL Tina 

x

WELLBELOVE Christopher

 

x

 

WILCOX Claire 

x

WILSON Andy 

x

WINDLE Tim 

x

WINIFRED Sonia 

x

Total 

1

47

0

 

The Original Green Party Motion, on improving temporary accommodation for Lambeth residents, was NOT CARRIED, with 5 votes for, 42 against and 1 abstention.

 

Councillor

For

Against

Abstain

ADILYPOUR Daniel

x

AINSLIE Scott

x

 

 

AMOS David

x

ANYANWU Donatus

x

ATKINS Liz

x

ATKINS Mary

x

BARTLEY Jonathan

x

BENNETT, Matthew

x

O’Hara Scarlett

x

BRAY Linda

x

BRIGGS Tim

x

CALDICOTT Lucy

x

CAMERON Marcia

x

CHOWDHURY Rezina

x

CLARK Malcolm

x

CORRY-ROAKE Joe

x

DAVIE Ed

x

DOGUS Ibrahim

x

DONNELLY Stephen

x

DYER Jacqui

x

ELLIOT Pete

x

ELY Peter

x

GADSBY Paul

x

GARDEN Adrian

x

GRIFFITHS Nicole

x

HASELDEN Nigel

x

HASHI Mahamed

x

HOLLAND Claire

x

JASER, Mohamed

x

KAZANTZIS, John

x

KIND Ben

x

MANLEY-BROWN Nanda

x

MASTERS Marianna

x

MELDRUM Jackie

x

MOHAMMED Irfan

x

NORMAL Philip

x

NYE Emma

x

PICKARD Jane

x

REYNOLDS Joanna

x

SEEDAT, Mohammed

x

THACKRAY Becca

x

TIEDEMANN Martin

x

VALCARCEL Tina

x

WELLBELOVE Christopher

 

x

 

WILCOX Claire

x

WILSON Andy

x

WINDLE Tim

x

WINIFRED Sonia

x

Total

5

42

1

 

 

Motion 2: Labour: Supporting refugees to make Lambeth their home

The amendment from the Conservative Member was NOT CARRIED by 1 vote for, 42 against and 5 abstentions.

 

The amendment from the Green Party was CARRIED by 47 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention.

 

 

The Substantive Motion from Lambeth, on supporting refugees to make Lambeth their home, as amended by the Green Party, was CARRIED and Council

RESOLVED, by 47 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention.

 

Supporting refugees to make Lambeth their home

Council notes that Refugee Week, World Refugee Day and Windrush Day took place in June. We celebrate the role that refugees and migrants have played in making Lambeth the successful, tolerant and exciting place it is. But we also recognise there is much more to be done, and that the issues of COVID-19, climate and ecological breakdown, conflict, extreme economic inequality, political persecution and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people will continue to drive people to seek sanctuary in the UK.

 

Council celebrates and thanks all those in Lambeth who have supported thousands of refugees settle in our community, access services and find employment, including Lambeth Council staff, Lambeth’s voluntary sector and the many Lambeth residents who have offered their homes and their support, particularly to those fleeing the war in Syria. We especially recognise the work of the South London Refugee Association. We pay tribute to the NHS in Lambeth that has vaccinated residents regardless of their migration or residency status.

 

Council notes that since 2016 Lambeth has so far welcomed 28 families – almost 120 people – of Syrian, Iraqi and Sudanese backgrounds to make our borough their home who get a bespoke package of intensive support from Single Homeless Project (SHP) who we commission. These families have incredibly rich and varied backgrounds but have often experienced complex trauma, making it all the more important that the council and our community partners such as Lambeth Citizens are able to provide them the deep support required.

 

Council notes with concern the ten fold increase in the number of migrants waiting for their initial asylum claims to be processed in the UK since 2010 (65,000 cases in 2020 and approximately 5,500 in 2010).

 

Council condemns the ‘Hostile Environment’ put in place by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government and enthusiastically embraced by the current Conservative administration, that has seen refugees and migrants stigmatised and racial profiling increase for all Lambeth residents. We will continue to seek justice for the Windrush generation and support Lambeth’s EU Citizens whose life in this country has been put at risk by this Brexit-backing government’s mismanagement of the Settled Status process.

Council also condemns the current Home Secretary’s New Plan for Immigration, which will have a devastating impact on refugees and migrants.  

 

Council will:

·      Work with all in our borough to enact the principles of the Cities of Sanctuary movement, working to create a welcoming and collaborative borough and celebrating the contribution of people seeking sanctuary.

·       Engage people seeking sanctuary in decision making processes at all levels and in all activities promote understanding of asylum and refugee issues, especially by enabling refugee voices to be heard directly.

·      Continue to support vulnerable refugee families from Syria and other areas of conflict to settle in Lambeth.

·      Continue to support unaccompanied child asylum seekers and live up to the Safe Passage pledge we made to resettle 20 child refugees and then increase Lambeth’s pledge to 100, in line with other local authorities like Lewisham and Brighton and Hove (https://www.safepassage.org.uk/our-turn).

·      Refuse to collaborate with the Home Office on the new immigration rules on rough sleeping and back the #SupportdontDeport campaign.

·      Refuse a Home Office embedded officer in our No Recourse to Public Funds service.

·      Ensure no child in Lambeth is denied free school meals because of their immigration status if they would be otherwise eligible.

·      Work with Lambeth’s NHS services to ensure undocumented migrants can safely use GPs locally to obtain medical advice and receive Covid vaccines.

·      Continue to provide health and other information in various languages to ensure migrants are aware how to access services.

 

Council resolves to write to the Home Secretary:

·      Outlining our objections to the New Plan for Immigration, and request a rethink to build a better and fairer immigration system.

·      To request an extension to the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme.

·      To ask that the government extends the settled status model to undocumented migrants from other parts of the world, as called for by Citizens UK.

·      To call on the government to end the Hostile Environment and the discriminatory practices and racial profiling that have seen immigration services work with the Police and other bodies to target particular professions such as delivery drivers and retail workers.

·      To ask for a resumption of and set annual targets for the resettlement schemes to ensure that the UK plays its part alongside other European and G7 nations in giving sanctuary to those fleeing conflict in Syria and elsewhere, especially the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, so that Lambeth can resettle the additional 38 families we have committed to receiving before 2025.

·      To allow those seeking asylum who have waited for more than 6 months for a decision to work, as called for in the ‘Lift the Ban’ campaign.

·      To implement the recommendations of the Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees & the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom.

 

 

Motion 3: Conservative: Establishing an independent committee to reduce youth knife crime in Lambeth

The Original Conservative Member Motion, on establishing an independent committee to reduce youth knife crime in Lambeth, was NOT CARRIED, with 1 vote for, 42 against and 5 abstentions.

 

 

Motion 4: Labour: Lambeth’s Child Friendly Community ambition

The amendment from the Conservative Member was NOT CARRIED by 1 vote for, 47 against and 0 abstentions.

 

The Original Labour Motion, on Lambeth’s Child Friendly Community ambition, was CARRIED, and Council RESOLVED, with 47 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention.

 

Lambeth’s Child Friendly Community ambition

Council:

·      Welcomes Lambeth council’s successful application to become a UNICEF Child Friendly Community.

·      Notes that this begins at least three-year’s work to gain accreditation by putting the rights of children and young people at the centre of decision-making; amplifying the voice of children and young people to have more say in decisions that affect them; and supporting more children and young people to access more opportunities.

·      Recognises the historic failures in Lambeth to provide adequate support and care for children and young people. We welcome the positive steps taken by the council in recent years to recognise and rectify the challenges faced by children and young people by improving and integrating services, adopting poverty reduction measures, and tackling discrimination.

 

Council further notes:

·      The council now must build on that and other work and accelerate wider progress by putting the rights and voices of our children at the centre of what we do, and better harness the borough’s very considerable assets to make Lambeth the best place in London to grow up.

·      Many of Lambeth’s children and young people are growing up in poverty, are living in fear or victims of violent crime, and are exposed to high levels of air pollution.

·      That structural racism results in Black children and young people being disproportionately affected by these disadvantages and that Covid-19 and its effects have also worsened many existing problems and inequalities.

 

Council commits:

·      To using the Child Friendly Community process to improve the conditions in which children and young people develop in Lambeth so that they are safer, healthier, and happier with better access to decent housing, education, cultural and sporting activities, green space, play areas, and active travel.

·      To harness Lambeth’s positive strengths, including our young, diverse, and engaged population, our location in the centre of a great world city and in hosting many important cultural, health and educational bodies of all sizes, to create more opportunities for our children and young people whilst elevating their voices and rights.

·      To deliver these ambitions in partnership with our young people, community groups, residents, businesses, schools and partners through: Ensuring children and young people’s voices and opinions are heard and their rights respected when making decisions that affect them;  Offering jobs, apprenticeships and training to children looked after, care leavers and other Lambeth children and young people, especially those living in deprived circumstances; Offering sporting, cultural, work, and other experiences to children and young people especially those who would find it harder to access them by other means; Ensuring excellent education, play, health, social care, advice and policing services for children and young people; and creating genuinely affordable, quality housing, well-lit, accessible green, play and community space well served by active travel routes.

·      Council commits to working with partners to find sufficient investment to fund posts and activities to deliver these objectives.

 

 

Motion 5: Labour: Make the National Covid Memorial Wall Permanent

The amendment from the Green Party was NOT CARRIED by 6 votes for, 42 against and 0 abstentions.

 

The Original Labour Motion, Make the National Covid Memorial Wall Permanent, was CARRIED, and Council RESOLVED, with 48 votes for, 0 against and 0 abstentions.

 

Make the National Covid Memorial Wall Permanent

Council notes:

·      That families and volunteers who have lost loved ones to the Covid-19 pandemic created the National Covid Memorial Wall on the bank of the Thames in the north of the borough, with each of the 150,000 hearts representing someone in the UK who we have lost.

·      That the memorial has been created by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, made up of 3400 families of those who have tragically died from Covid-19 and who are calling for a Covid inquiry now.

·      Council welcomes:

·      The creation of the memorial as a fitting and moving tribute to all those who have been lost to the pandemic, particularly in such a visible location in Waterloo and next to St Thomas’ Hospital where so many have worked relentlessly for the last 18 months to protect people from the pandemic.

·      The work the council has already done with the organisers of the National Covid Memorial Wall, Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, Transport for London, and local stakeholders to find a way to make sure the memorial can remain in place.

·      The letter organised by Afzal Khan MP and signed by Florence Eshalomi MP, Helen Hayes MP, and Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, calling on the government to make the National Covid Memorial Wall a permanent memorial to the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.

·      The government’s commitment to launching an independent public Covid inquiry, following the campaign from Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, which was supported by Lambeth councillors, but believes that inquiry must begin immediately as families have also called for.

·      Council resolves:

·      To work to protect the National Covid Memorial Wall and work with the organisers of the memorial, the owners of the wall, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, and the government to make it a permanent and lasting memorial to all those lost during the pandemic.

 

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