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Council wants to 'understand' its Black Caribbean community

APPEAL: Councillor Lorna Campbell

A SOUTH London councillor is appealing to members of Lambeth's Caribbean community to take part in a major consultation about their lives.

Lorna Campbell, cabinet member for equalities and communities, said the "listening exercise", The Black Caribbean Community in Lambeth: An insight, would give residents the power to influence council decisions that affect their lives.

It comes after Lambeth Council found that it was residents of Caribbean heritage who were most unhappy with its services.

The council has now commissioned Equinox Consulting to ensure their views, opinions and experiences are heard.

Campbell said: “I’m determined that every community in Lambeth is represented within the council so that the services we provide meet their needs.”

According to the 2011 Census, there are approximately 29,000 Black Caribbean residents living in Lambeth - the fourth largest community in the country - after Birmingham, Croydon and Lewisham.

Lambeth has a rich black Caribbean history having become a popular home of early migrants.

In 2010, Brixton Central Square was renamed Windrush Square in their honour. The country's first national centre for black heritage - the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) - will open there in 2014.

To participate in the research, contact Maxine James of Equinox Consulting at survey@equinoxconsulting.net

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