The Lewisham Deal
The Lewisham Deal began in 2018 in response to Lewisham Poverty Commission’s recommendations, which highlighted the crucial role that major anchor institutions can pay in tackling modern poverty.
The Deal began with four key pillars of co-ordination between the partners:
- Apprenticeships – as employers, providing high quality apprenticeship opportunities.
- Procurement – ensuring that local businesses have the opportunity to secure contracts with Lewisham Deal partners.
- Living Wage – Ensuring employees and contractors receive a fair wage.
- Information, Advice and Guidance – to support residents to progress.
Two additional pillars were then added:
- Progression for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff.
- Responding to the climate emergency.
These pillars are now integrated with the working groups under the Lewisham Strategic Partnership, including:
- Opportunity and investment
- Climate emergency
- Race and equality
The Lewisham Deal’s Social Value Report was a commitment of the Lewisham Deal and reported on the progress that the anchor institutions were making on these pillars to respond to economic challenges in the borough. Read the reports below:
- Lewisham Deal Social Value Report 2019
- Lewisham Deal Social Value Report 2020
- Lewisham Deal Social Value Report 2021
Going forward, the Lewisham Strategic Partnership will establish its own mechanisms for reporting on its objectives. Lewisham Council now publishes its own Social Value Impact Report, which focuses on its own social value activities.