Lewisham is a welcoming place of safety for all, where we celebrate the diversity that strengthens us.
Lewisham will be a place where diversity and cultural heritage is recognised as a strength and is celebrated
We will establish an Accessibility Commission led by disabled people, which will make public services more accessible and make it easier to get around our borough.
We will work with groups giving voice to the borough’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community.
We will publish a review of the cumulative impact of Council decisions on different groups in our community.
We will work to understand and mitigate the impact of Brexit in the borough, so we can protect jobs and opportunities for our residents where possible.
We will strive to make the Council’s workforce more representative of our borough’s diverse population at all levels.
Hate crime will not be tolerated
We will actively challenge all forms of discrimination, including racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, ageism, and all other forms of hatred.
We will tackle unconscious bias and support local awareness campaigns.
We will support events that bring our community together.
We will work closely with the police so that perpetrators of hate crime are brought to justice.
Lewisham will be a Sanctuary Borough, welcoming those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries and protecting the rights of all migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
We will become a recognised Borough of Sanctuary, working with partners to develop a pledge and practical steps we will take to welcome and include refugees in our activities, and to actively seek ways of supporting them wherever we can.
We will expand Lewisham’s refugee resettlement programme, with a target of supporting a further 100 vulnerable families from Syria and other areas of conflict.