Don’t Cut Universal Credit

Cllr Alan Hall has joined trade unionists, campaigners and think tanks in applying pressure for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak to overturn the decision to cut £20 per week from Universal Credit claimants many are working on low pay. This comes as the Resolution Foundation has revealed that four in ten households on …

Cllr Alan Hall Response to Lewisham Council’s Local Plan

The Local Plan helps to ensure that planning decisions are made in the best interests of our neighbourhoods and communities. It provides a strategy for the Council and its partners to direct investment across Lewisham, recognising it is an integral part of London. It includes policies and guidelines that are used to determine planning applications. …

‘End Centene’s involvement in London GP practices’ say NHS Campaigners

US health insurance giant, Centene, through its UK subsidiary, Operose Health, has been taking over GP surgeries and practices in London and across the country. Centene has recently taken over AT Medics, a primary care provider responsible for 49 GP surgeries and over 370,000 patients in the Greater London area. With a total of 70 …

The Future Of Rail Should Be At The ‘Heart Of A Green Transport Revolution’

Lewisham is crisscrossed with railway lines. There are low railway bridges, railway sidings, nature reserves on railway embankments and SE London’s railway junction and transport hub at Lewisham station. Railways are important to Lewisham. The powerful Public Accounts Committee has published a damning critique of the Government’s ability to deliver the reforms needed. The Department …

“Abuse is not Part of the Job” Shop Workers Say

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners including trade unionists and co-operative activists calling on the Government to strengthen legislation for shopworkers. The Co-operative Party have estimated that every day, more than 400 retail workers in the UK are attacked – just for doing their jobs. Bell Green Retail Park is in Bellingham Ward. Nobody should …

Give Schools the Cash For Covid 19 Recovery

Education, education, education was the refrain of the Labour Party at the turn of the century. Now the National Education Union say that education recovery has got to be the top priority again. Despite claims to the contrary, schools have been underfunded for years. The NEU say that Schools have experienced whole school budget reductions, …

End ‘fire and rehire’

In Lewisham Labour’s manifesto, we said that we would campaign on issues that affect our borough. Unite the Union have declared that Monday, 26 April, 2021, a national day of action, demanding the government end fire and rehire now. That’s why Cllr Alan Hall has written to the Minister to show support for the day …

Prince Philip’s Favourite Song Revealed

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh revealed that his favourite pop song is ‘Yellow Bird’. He asked The Melody Makers, a West Indian steel band to play the tune as he toured a Lewisham Boys’ Club. Drummer Cecil Mose said: “I asked him if thay was his favourite and he gave a big smile and …

Vote by Post – Elections Thursday 6th May

In Lewisham there are four Council by elections and the London Mayoral Elections. The current advice due to Covid-19 is to apply to vote by post if you can. Firstly, you will need to be registered to vote. This can be done online by visiting the website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Once registered to vote and included in …