Lambeth London Borough Council

All of the seats in Lambeth were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 57 Total councillors 57 Change-2


Elected in 2018 5 Total councillors 5 Change+4


Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Investigation into 'poor' recycling rates in Lambeth urged

Local Democracy Reporting Service


Lambeth Council’s opposition leader has called for an “urgent” investigation into the borough’s recycling rates.

This comes after Lambeth Council recycled 30% of the borough’s household waste in 2017/18 – an increase on 28.8% from 2016/17.

But the council’s recycling, reusing and composting target for this period was 49% in 2016/17 and 50% in 2017/18.

Cllr Jonathan Bartley said the council needed to scrap garden waste collections, introduce food waste collection on estates and improve the availability of information about recycling.

“As the urgency about the action needed on climate change has grown, and awareness about the need to tackle the plastics crisis has grown Labour-led Lambeth Council has shown staggering complacency when it comes to recycling,” he said.

“It has been missing its own targets for over six years but it hasn’t even looked into why its recycling rate is so poor, let alone updated its waste strategy over this period.

“It should urgently investigate the reasons why its rates are so low.

But Lambeth Council is committed to increasing recycling rates, cabinet member for environment and clean air, Cllr Claire Holland, said.

“We are committed to working in partnership with our waste contractor Veolia to improve the waste services offered to residents in the borough and to increase the amount that is recycled,” she said.

The council replaced clear recycling sacks with green wheelie bins which pushed recycling rates up to 31.4% in April 2018, she said.

Coroner's recommendation for council after boy's choke death

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lambeth Council has been given recommendations from the coroner to "prevent future deaths"after a six-year-old boy choked at a summer school.

Yunis Malik Hadi died after choking on food at the South London Islamic Centre in January where he was learning Arabic.

Assistant coroner Lorna Tagliavini's concerns included a lack of oversight of supervision and child safeguarding at the centre, as well as concerns teachers and volunteers present did not have formal CPR training.

Her report also highlighted a lack of emergency equipment, including a defibrillator.

Safeguarding, supervision and formal training in first aid and choking response is something the council can oversee, according to the report. The unsupervised six-year-old choked on a snack he had brought with him from home, while waiting to be collected after classes at the centre. "Yunis choked and collapsed and despite extensive CPR efforts by the centre and the London Ambulance Service he could not be resuscitated and life extinct was declared at St George's Hospital, London," according to the report.

There was a risk that future deaths would occur unless action was taken, according to the report.

"In my opinion action should be taken to prevent future deaths and I believe your organisation (Lambeth Council) has the power to take such action," the report read.

"Although the centre has told me at the inquest of steps they have taken or are going to take to prevent similar occurrences, it is my opinion that your organisation has the authority to ensure the proposed changes are implemented by the centre and kept up to date."

Lambeth Council will have to respond to the coroner's concerns, and set out a timetable for action.

Lambeth Council has been contacted for comment.

Rogue landlords in Lambeth face £30,000 fines and bans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lambeth's rogue landlords could now face fines of up to £30,000 and banning orders from the council.

The council has introduced measures to tackle failing landlords and managing agents, which will see the council using powers from the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

According to Lambeth Council documents: "The adoption of these powers supports the council's commitment to target and drive out irresponsible, criminal landlords who fail to provide decent homes and to drive up management standards within the private rented sector.

"The exercise of these new powers should have the result of forcing non-compliant, criminal landlords out of the private rental sector (whilst encouraging others to comply) and in this way prevent the commission of housing offences."

Under the new rules offenders would also be added to a national database - which would help to catch culprits who operate across local authorities, documents explained.

Lambeth Council to present new suicide prevention plan

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lambeth Council will present their new health and well-being strategy tonight, which includes a re-vamped suicide prevention plan.

The council will focus on the emotional well-being of children and young people and seek to address inequalities in mental health outcomes for black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, as part of the new strategy.

Lambeth has an average of 24 deaths from suicide each year - similar to the average for London, according to council documents.

More than 450 apply for sexual abuse compensation

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than 450 victims of historic abuse at former Lambeth children's homes have applied for compensation since January, but survivors say the scheme is not fair.

The redress scheme, which is managed by the Lambeth Council to make sure compensation is not swallowed up by lawyers fees, provides individual redress of up to £125,000.

The scheme also includes a "harms way" payment which sees anyone who lived in the network of homes receiving a stepped payment of up to £10,000.

But Raymond Stevenson, of the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA), said victims of extreme abuse were not being paid what they were entitled to, as they were offered the same amount as those who were at risk of abuse.

He said the council did not understand the "seething anger" of survivors.

Mr Stevenson said survivors who had been assessed through the individual redress scheme were only getting a top up from the initial payment of £10,000 to match what they were entitled to - not both payments.

He added that in some cases survivors of abuse were having money deducted from the £10,000 and accused the council of designing the scheme "with the intentional consequence to save money."

But a Lambeth Council spokesman said the scheme, which is the first of its kind in the country, meant victims were offered "swift and compassionate redress."

"Survivors told us that they wanted the Harms Way Payment to be up to £10,000 so people who suffered at the former children's homes could get compensation in a non-adversarial, quick and straightforward manner with far lesser risk of re-traumatising them," the Lambeth Council spokesman said.

"Where instances of inequalities are flagged, such as compensation for less serious abuse falling short of the harms way payment, we will review the award on a case by case basis," he said.

About 3,000 applications are expected with total expenditure billed to reach £100m according to council documents.