As Lambeth prepares for council elections on 3 May that will see three councillors elected for each of the borough’s 21 wards, 63 in total Anna McKie takes a look at what candidates are offering
Although notorious for poor turn-outs, the council elections will have important implications for local people and issues. In Lambeth, the housing crisis is sure to be a huge issue, but there will also be a focus on libraries and their services, road safety and air quality, as Brixton is home to one of the UK’s most polluted roads.
Other responsibilities that lie with the council include care of the elderly and support for people with disabilities, local schools, parks, council tax, planning, street cleaning, looking after vulnerable children, funding care homes, adoptions and fostering, and rubbish collection.
Elections in 2014 saw the Labour Party further increase its majority, winning all but four of the 63 council seats. Liberal Democrats lost all 15 of their seats that year. The Conservatives lost one seat, taking their total to three. The Green Party won one seat but, overall, had the second highest percentage of the vote after Labour – 15.5% to Labour’s 49.7%.
To find your polling station, go to: wheredoivote.co.uk
Voting opens at 7am and closes at 10pm on 3 May.
Candidates in Brixton wards:
Parties and policies: