Citizen Advice Lewisham – New Universal Credit Claim & Other Advice

We have many great organisations in Lewisham one of them is Citizens Advice Lewisham. Citizens Advice Lewisham is an independent charity made up many volunteers. These wonderful volunteers from all walks of life and experience give if themselves to help our residents and communities in Lewisham. The offer free, impartial, confidential advice and information to those living or working in

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Windrush Compensation Scheme Is Open With No Cap

The Windrush Compensation Scheme is now open. Individuals will be able to claim compensation through the Windrush Compensation Scheme if they suffered a loss because they could not demonstrate their lawful right to live in the UK. You can find out more information on how to make a claim here. It includes information on: Eligibility Entitlement How to claim Where

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Hither Green & Catford Stations – Access For All Funding Bid Success

I am extremely pleased to let you know that both Hither Green Station and Catford Station were announced as stations for which their rail providers will be receiving funding from ‘Access for All’ to make these stations step free.  This fund was provided by the Department for Transport for rail companies to bid for. In order to bid they reached

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Windrush Consultation Ends Soon

Just a brief reminder that the Windrush compensation scheme consultation ends on Friday 16th Nov 2018. Things to consider: No cap. Flexibility built in and financial support for organisations assisting claimants to name just a few things. Please complete the consultation as the more responses the better Click here to complete the consultation. This is an extremely long consultation survey

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Windrush Generation and Support for Undocumented Migrants

Who are the Windrush Generation? The ‘Windrush generation’ refers to Commonwealth nationals who settled in the UK before 1973. The Immigration Act 1971 provided protection for Commonwealth citizens if they have lived here for more than five years and if they arrived in the country before 1973. The Act provided that those here before it came into force should be treated

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The Windrush Generation – Let Down In The Autumn & Winter Of Their Lives

The Windrush Generation as they have come to be known, in their Caribbean islands they were taught British history. They looked up to the Britain who they refered to as the ‘mother country’. The point I make is that they were brought up to ‘Be British’, there were part of the British Empire upon which the sun at that time

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Speak Out Against Racism, Discrimination & Xenophobia

We cannot afford not to speak out. Today, Saturday 9th June 2018, Lewisham Anti-Racist Group in conjunction with Lewisham Islamic Centre held a rally called Lewisham Together: United Against Islamophobia, Racism and Fascism. I was invited to speak at the rally, and agreed to because I believe that we have to stand, united against any form of racism and discrimination,

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Honoured To Be A Cabinet Member

I would like to thank the Mayor for nominating me as a Cabinet member with shared responsibilities for Parks, Neighbourhoods and Transport. It is a great honour, and I look forward to working with my councillor colleagues, officers, organisations, residents and businesses. This will be a very exciting role as we work together to achieve our manifesto commitments. I will

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Lewisham Labour Manifesto 2018 Workshops

Lewisham Labour members please join us for a series of manifesto workshops in January that will help build a radical manifesto for the local elections next May. Joining us will be your local MP, Lewisham Labour Group Councillors, Labour Councillor candidates, and guest speakers, including John McDonnell MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Marsha de Cordova and Andrew Gwynne MP. We’re holding

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New cycle superhighway – Have your say

Consultation closes Sunday 12th November – Click here to give your views Transport for London (TfL) is asking for views on a proposal for a cycle superhighway that will pass though and change roads in Deptford, called Cycle Superhighway 4. This is part of the TfL strategy to encourage more Londoners to walk, cycle and use public transport, Cycle Superhighway

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A Chance To Be Bold, Innovative and Conserve Green Space Missed

In June 2017 I attended the Brockley Society one day (free) conference on Conservation and Innovation to mark 50 years of the Civic Amenities Act. The 1967 Civic Amenities Act was set out to protect buildings of special historic and architectural interest, and to prevent the aggressive demolition that was taking place at the time. This is poignant as in

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