This is an event to discuss and gather evidence about persistent inequalities in regards to participation and leadership in the borough. We want to better understand the issues and need your help to do it.
Come and tell us what you think are some of the main causes of inequalities in relation to participation, representation and leadership. We want to better understand the effects of inequality in this area as well as identify solutions. Resident participation in local organisations, including decision-making forums, has been shown to result in greater engagement in politics and democratic processes, and can enable them to experience better and more responsive services.
We know there are some groups of residents who, for a range of possible reasons, are less likely to participate in decision-making. These include: unemployed residents, council tenants, digitally-excluded residents, BME residents from the Black and Portuguese communities, and Muslim residents. Participation is as important an indicator as whether someone agrees that they can influence decisions in the local area, with people who participate in a local group or organisation being more likely to agree they can influence decisions. According to our Resident’s Survey, Muslim residents, those with a long-term illness, and younger residents are more likely to disagree that they can shape local decision-making.
We are keen to understand why these issues persist and will host this open event for all to come along and have their say.
All venues booked by Lambeth council aim to be fully accessible. For further information on accessibility at this venue please see Streatham Tate Library