New Lambeth Council Cabinet roles were announced on Wednesday (May28) evening with a fresh focus on supporting the organisation’s cooperative way of working with residents to make sure services are run in the best possible way.
The cabinet is made up of ten elected Labour councillors and they have overall responsibility for running the council, providing the organisation with direction, working out the budget and guiding Lambeth’s senior officers.
Cllr Lib Peck remains Lambeth Council leader after the party’s strong showing at the local government elections on Thursday (May22) which saw the Labour Party win 59 of 63 council seats, up from 43 in 2010.
She will be specifically responsible for driving the borough’s growth and regeneration aspirations, specifically around the high profile Vauxhall and Waterloo opportunity areas, and encouraging investment in Lambeth to help the borough achieve its full potential.
Working with Cllr Peck, there will be two Deputy Leaders responsible for the financial and policy direction of the council – with these new roles will be taken up by Cllr Imogen Walker and Cllr Paul McGlone.
Cllr Peck said: “We have remodelled the cabinet to match our cooperative council way of working, and we are now all really keen to get on with the job.
“We have a very strong, keen and committed new team that are ready to work hard for their local communities, and to fulfil the promise we made going into the election: to be fair to everyone and ambitious for all.
“There are serious challenges to face, not least of all the huge cuts to our budget being imposed by the Government. But we are determined to do what we can and continue helping support those in need and backing people as they strive to reach their goals in life.”
The cabinet has been tasked with meeting the administration’s commitment to being ambitious for everyone and to guarantee fairness for all, and to support its priorities which are making our communities safer and stronger, getting more jobs and investment for Lambeth and making sure our neighbourhoods are cleaner and greener.
Full Cabinet details:
• Leader of the Council, Cllr Lib Peck
• Deputy Leader (Policy Delivery), Cllr Imogen Walker
• Deputy Leader (Finance & Investment), Cllr Paul McGlone
• Cabinet Member for Children & Adult Services, Cllr Jackie Meldrum
• Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, Cllr Jenny Brathwaite
• Cabinet Member for Families, Cllr Rachel Heywood
• Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Jim Dickson
• Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Matthew Bennett
• Cabinet Member for Jobs & Growth, Cllr Jack Hopkins
• Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Jane Edbrooke