Living Wage Week 2017 runs from Monday 6 November to Saturday 11 November and is a UK-wide celebration of the campaign for a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living, and of the network of Living Wage employers (of which we are one). Find out more: the Living Wage Foundation
The latest data for London's Poverty Profile (from 2016 and 2017) shows a mixed picture. In some ways, London is better off than it was before the financial crisis. Employment rates are ar peak, at least as far back as 1992, at over 73% of the working-age population. This is 4.5%s higher than a decade earlier. This also translates to a record low in the number of workless households in London. However, while the overall poverty rate has fallen slightly in recent years, it remains higher than the rest of the country; and the proportion living in 'deep poverty' has increased. Follow 'read more'
We were delighted to support Victoria and the social enterprise she established, Iconic Steps. See her video...
Lambeth Council's Equality Commission published its report this year with over 80 recommendations for tackling inequality throughout the borough.
From Love Lambeth: "More than 250 people attended a new event this week which was organised to help community groups and charities get access to funding. Organised by the Walcot Foundation and Lambeth Council, the Lambeth Funders’ Fair was held at the Kia Oval in Kennington on Wednesday 10 May. Twenty-four different funders, including the Arts Council, Big Lottery Fund and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, had stalls at the fair. Daniel Chapman, Grants Manager for the Walcot Foundation, said: “It was fantastic to be able to provide an opportunity for so many Lambeth community groups to meet up with funders face to face. I think the large number of people at the event shows both the breadth of community action in Lambeth and also high level of demand for funding in the borough, especially in a time of growing need.”
About 30% of Britain’s children are now classified as poor, of whom two-thirds are from working families
The upward trend in child poverty in the UK has continued for the third year running, with the percentage of children classed as poor at its highest level since the start of the decade, latest official figures show. More
We have posted revised designs for the exterior elevations of the Foundation's proposed Walcot Mews development. More
This latest annual report from the New Policy Institute brings together the most recent data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK. Key points -
This year we celebrate the 350th anniversary of Edmund Walcot's gift to the people of Lambeth. More
See here for the larger awards recently approved by Governors.
Our Grants Committee recently received a progress report on our Step Up programme - a joint initiative between the Walcot Foundation and Trust for London. Low pay in London is growing and is a major contributor to poverty in the capital. The London Poverty Profile shows that in 2013 there were 640,000 low paid jobs in London, an increase on the 2007 figure of 420,000. LSE findings show that in 2013 23% of London workers earned less that the Living Wage. Despite all this, there has been little focus to date on programmes to help people to escape low pay. The Step Up programme is funding pilot schemes. The aim is to discover the best ways of helping this large number of our fellow citizens move into better paid work.
The End Child Poverty coalition has published new figures providing a new child poverty map of the UK. The data is available by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward. Lambeth details can be accessed here.
Among the twenty local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty, eleven are in London. Of the ten London Local Authorities with the highest levels of child poverty, eight are in Inner London. In the table below are Lambeth's Wards. After housing costs are factored in the percentage of child poverty reaches an astonishing 46.17% in Coldharbour Ward. Seven Wards have rates of child poverty in excess of 40%: Ferndale, Stockwell, Prince's, Vassall, Larkhall, Tulse Hill and Coldharbour.
We are an accredited Living Wage Employer. This week the Living Wage in the UK has increased to £8.45ph, and in London to £9.75ph. Find out more from the Living Wage Foundation