90 Excess Winter Deaths In Lambeth

There were 90 Excess Winter Deaths in Lambeth during 2016/2017, the most recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. This marks an increase of 50 deaths when compared to the same period in the previous year. Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, has warned that the rise could continue unless “significant action is taken to improve housing standards and address fuel poverty in London”.

Regional level figures for 2017/2018 have also been released provisionally by the ONS showing that there were 4,200 Excess Winter Deaths across London. This is an increase of 23%, compared to 2016/2017.

The ONS attributes the majority of Excess Winter Deaths to respiratory diseases. A study by the charities National Energy Action and E3G, published earlier this year, has also shown fuel poverty and cold homes to be prevalent underlying factors.

City Hall is taking action on cold homes and fuel poverty by investing £2.5 million into its Warmer Homes scheme, which enables landlords, renters and homeowners to bid for up to £4,000 of funding to install heating and insulation measures.

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“It is extremely concerning to see this increase in Excess Winter Deaths locally, and unacceptable that so many Londoners this winter will be trapped in cold homes.

“This is a deep and entirely preventable social injustice. Sadly, this tragic rise is likely to continue, unless significant action is taken to improve housing standards and address fuel poverty in the capital.

“Work is being undertaken at City Hall to tackle these issues, but it clear that we now need more support from the Government. I would also urge all homeowners, tenants and landlords whose properties are insufficiently insulated to bid for City Hall’s Warmer Homes scheme funding.”

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Notes to editors

  • ­The most recent data from the Office of National Statistics shows that there were 90 Excess Winter Deaths in Lambeth during 2016/2017;
  • This marks an increase of 50deaths when compared to the same period in the previous year;
  • Regional level figures for 2017/2018 have also been released provisionally by the ONS show that there were 4,200 Excess Winter Deaths across London. This is an increase of 23%, compared to 2016/2017;
  • The Office of National Statistics attributes the majority of Excess Winter Deaths to respiratory diseases;
  • study by the charities National Energy Action and E3G, published in February 2018, has also shown fuel poverty and cold homes to be underlying factors;
  • City Hall is taking action on cold homes and fuel poverty by investing £2.5 million into its Warmer Homes scheme, which enables landlords and homeowners to bid for up to £4,000 of funding to install heating and insulation measures;

Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.

Florence Eshalomi: Last chance to bid for drinking fountains in Lambeth and Southwark

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, has called upon eligible local organisations to urgently submit bids for free water refill points to be installed in the borough, ahead of Friday’s deadline. This comes on the back of City Hall’s recent announcement that £5 million of funding has been allocated towards the rollout of 100 new drinking fountains across the capital.

Applications for the refill points can be submitted by London boroughs, public and private landowners, or leaseholders and managing agents who have the relevant permissions. Applicants are encouraged to bid for water refill points to be installed in areas with high levels of footfall such as high streets and tourist hotspots, and where there is easy access to drainage and a reliable water supply.

City Hall are rolling out drinking fountains throughout London to tackle the rising scourge of plastic waste.

Single-use plastic water bottles were identified as a major pollutant of the River Thames and the capital’s waterways by the London Assembly in the 2017 report, “Bottling It”. Data from the #OneLess campaign has shown that the average Londoner buys more than three plastic water bottles every week.

A joint monitoring programme overseen by the charity, Thames 21, and the #OneLess campaign has also revealed that according to the latest count, 55,533 plastic bottles have been removed from the River Thames since 2016. Mrs Eshalomi said “we need to use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on the rising tide of plastic waste.”

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM said:

“With thousands of plastic bottles ending up in the River Thames and our waterways every year, we need to use all the tools at our disposal to clamp down on the rising tide of plastic waste.

“It is also important that all Londoners are able to keep hydrated on the go, and that the most vulnerable members of our community have access to a reliable and clean supply of water.

“This is why I am urging all eligible local organisations to urgently submit for free water refill points to be installed across our borough before this Friday’s deadline, if they have not yet done so”.

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Notes to editors

  • More information about the application process, which closes on Friday 7thDecember, can be found here;
  • In October, City Hall announced that £5 million of funding has been allocated towards the rollout of hundreds of new drinking fountains across the capital;
  • A joint monitoring programme overseen by the charity, Thames 21, and the #OneLess campaign has also revealed that according to the latest count,55,533 plastic bottles have been removed from the River Thames since 2016;
  • Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.

Florence Eshalomi: Objection to plans for a second Southwark tube entrance

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, has today submitted a formal objection to Transport for London’s planning application to Lambeth Council for a new entrance to Southwark tube station. Ms Eshalomi has urged TfL to “think again” about their plans which “are likely to have a detrimental impact on local residents”.

Transport for London (TfL) have proposed a second entrance to Southwark tube station due to increasing passenger numbers. The location of the entrance will be based on Greet Street, sitting in front of Tait House to allow faster access to and from Waterloo East railway station.

Ms Eshalomi has expressed her objections to the plans due to the proposed operating hours of the entrance and the outstanding noise and safety concerns that have been expressed by the community.

In her formal objection, she argues that local residents were misinformed that the new entrance would only be open during regular hours, and thereby closed for the night tube service.

Conversely, TfL’s planning application, submitted in November, proposes that it would be in operation during the same hours as the main station entrance, with the potential to cause noise disturbances for local residents between 05:30am – 01:00am from Sunday to Thursday, and 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays.

Ms Eshalomi also raises the concerns of Tait House residents about the security of their windows and balconies, which sit directly over the pavement next to the proposed site of the new station entrance.

In addition, Ms Eshalomi disputes whether TfL have carried out a full engagement with local residents on Greet Street. Reportedly, no contact has yet been made with Grainger PLC, the freeholder of Tait House. Residents of the nearby Ipsden Building have also complained that they have not yet been consulted on the plans.

Ms Eshalomi also cites claims that TfL gave reassurances to residents, which were later reneged upon, that their planning application to Lambeth Council would not be submitted until officers publicly discussed the plans at upcoming South Bank Forum meeting in December.

In 2009, Network Rail dropped plans to create a new entry point to Waterloo East railway station at the same location after opposition from Lambeth Council and local residents.

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM said:

“I raised a number of initial concerns about these plans during a site visit with TfL back in September and was pleased to receive reassurances that the potential noise and security issues would be mitigated.

“Since then, I have been very disappointed to see that the promise of closing the second entrance during night tube hours has not been kept and that engagement with residents has been poor.

“We have been here before, when in 2009, Network Rail were forced to drop plans to create a new entrance at the same location after opposition from Lambeth Council and local residents. In a similar vein, I do not see how this application can be successful when the same mistakes are being repeated.

“This is why I am urging the Council to seriously consider the numerous concerns that I have raised in my objection and ask TfL to think again about their plans which are likely to have a detrimental impact on local residents”.

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Notes to editors

  • Florence Eshalomi AM’s full objection letter submitted to Lambeth Council can be read here;
  • Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.

Air quality audits for nurseries in Lambeth and Southwark

In response to the Mayor’s announcement that two nurseries in Lambeth and two nurseries in Southwark will receive an air quality audit to monitor indoor and outdoor levels of air pollution, local London Assembly Member Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“It is shocking that due to the dangerous levels of toxic air across the capital, there are children in our community at serious risk of growing up with stunted lungs.

“Many children are facing long-term consequences to their respiratory health and we are already seeing thousands of Londoners dying prematurely each year,attributable to air pollution.

“These audits will help in identifying the ways that we can tackle poor air quality inside and outside of the classroom and ensure that the health of some of the most vulnerable children, and the next generation of Londoners, is protected”.

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Notes to editors

  • Research from King’s College London has shown that over 9,000 Londoners are dying prematurely every year as result of exposure to toxic air;
  • The audits will be carried out at Nell Gwynn Nursery School and Ann Bernadt Nursery School in Southwark and Triangle Nursery School and Ethelred Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Lambeth 
  • Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.

Launch of new centre for apprenticeships in Southwark

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, today attended the launch of the Passmore Centre, a joint venture between Southwark Council and London South Bank University to offer apprenticeships in Southwark.

London South Bank University received £5million from Southwark Council to help create the Passmore Centre, which will support apprenticeships, skills and training in the borough. A further £3million funding has come from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) along with £4million from the London South Bank University directly, which will be used to expand the facilities needed to deliver higher and degree apprenticeships.

The Passmore Centre aims to have 2,000 students undertaking apprenticeships at the University every year by 2020. Around 600 of these are expected to achieve higher degree apprenticeship qualifications or the equivalent. By 2023, they aim to have helped roughly 1,000 Southwark residents to graduate from a high quality apprenticeship programme that will give them the skills demanded to tackle the jobs of the future. 

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM said:

“I was delighted to attend the launch of the Passmore Centre this morning. It is fantastic to see the investment going into apprenticeships across Southwark.

“The centre will be providing a ‘one stop shop’ to help employers access information about apprenticeships and potential apprentices. More centres like this are vital to improving and strengthening our local economy long term.

“Southwark Council have set an aim to create at least 2,000 more apprenticeships by 2020. The Passmore Centre will really help to achieve this. I’m extremely proud to see the commitment from LSBU and Southwark Council to supporting apprentices in the borough.”

Notes to editors

  • Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark

Young Londoners Fund awarded to Lambeth and Southwark organisations

In response to the announcement that organisations in Lambeth and Southwark have been awarded a share of the latest round of the Mayor’s £45 million Young Londoners Fund, local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“It is very positive to see organisations from Lambeth and Southwarkawarded this crucial funding, and they deserve huge congratulations for all of the crucial work they do in our community.

“It’s vital we properly invest in our young people, and that robust measures are put in place to prevent the most vulnerable in our society from becoming caught up in crime.

“City Hall is setting a good standard in this respect, and we now need the Government to follow London’s example. This means sticking to their pledge to abandon austerity and reversing their huge cuts to policing and youth services.”

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Notes to editors

-The following have all received a share of the latest round of the Mayor’s £45 million Young Londoner’s Fund;

  • Cambridge House and Talbot £140,391 to deliver Cambridge House Youth Empowerment Project in Southwark
  • Groundwork London £139,508 to deliver Safe&Sound in Southwark
  • Hyde Charitable Trust £150,000 to deliver HYPE in Lambeth
  • London Borough of Southwark £150,000 to deliver The Southwark and Lambeth school knife crime programme across both boroughs
  • Oasis Children’s Venture £149,390 to deliver Oasis Youth Empowerment in Lambeth
  • Oasis Hub Waterloo £149,217 to deliver Connected in Lambeth
  • Redthread Youth Ltd £150,000 to deliver the Well Centre in Lambeth
  • St Giles Trust in Southwark £149,250 to deliver Be Wise
  • The AHOY Centre £149,296 to deliver All Aboard in Soithwark, Greenwich and Lewisham
  • Synergy Theatre Project £150,000 to deliver Synergy Young People’s Programme in Southwark
  • Football Beyond Borders £139,766 to deliver The Positive Choice in Lambeth
  • Building Young Brixton Consortium £858,107 to deliver Building Young Brixton in Lambeth

-All of the organisations that have so far been awarded funding through the Young Londoners Fund, can be found here;

 Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark.

Low Emission Bus Zone will be introduced from Camberwell to New Cross

In response to the announcement that a new Low Emission Bus Zone will be introduced on the route from Camberwell and New Cross in 2019, cleaning up  380 buses taking this journey, local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“Local residents across Southwark are continually put at risk by the dangerously toxic air in our capital. I’m delighted to see City Hall bring forward this vital measure to clean up hundreds of buses that pass through our borough.

“We need these Low Emissions Bus Zones delivered in 2019. In taking urgent action now, we can start to make significant progress in cleaning up London’s air”.

Notes to editors

  • Florence Eshalomi AM is the London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark.