This is an event to discuss and gather evidence about persistent inequalities in income and employment 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 income and employment. We want to better understand the effects of inequality in this area as well as identify solutions.
Whilst local growth has brought more jobs to the borough and has resulted in higher employment rates, there are some groups of residents who appear to be disadvantaged. Whilst local employment rates for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) residents have improved over the past five years, BAME residents are more likely to be unemployed compared to ‘White’ Lambeth residents. There are also differences in the types of employment available to different groups of residents, which perhaps reflect differences in skills attainment amongst different groups. There are significant differences in the numbers of Black residents in higher skills occupations compared to White residents. Disabled working age people in London are twice more likely not to be in paid work than their non-disabled counterparts and older people aged 50-64 are more likely to be unemployed. In terms of low pay, BAME, disabled, female and young residents who responded to our Residents’ Survey are also more likely to report being paid below the London Living Wage (LLW).
We are keen to understand why these issues persist and will host this open event for all to come along and have their say.
About the Lambeth Equality Commission
Lambeth’s Equality Commission will be hosting four events between November 2016 to January 2017 to take a deeper look into the reasons behind persistent inequalities in the borough. Each event will focus on one of four themes; education and learning, income and employment, participation, representation and leadership and crime and justice. If you or someone you know would like to give evidence in person and hear more about the work of the commission please come along to one or more of our events.