Sunday, 14 June 2020


The Green Group of councillors sitting on Lambeth council welcomed the opportunity to work cross party with Labour on a Black Lives Matter emergency motion which was passed at last week’s full council meeting. The motion condemns the tragic killing of George Floyd and all police and state brutality towards black people both in America and the UK. The motion also recognises the systemic and structural racism that exists in our society and resolves to stand in total solidarity with all black people around the world.  

Black Lives Matter Emergency Motion – June 3rd, 2020 – full wording
Council notes with serious concern and distress the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in America on 25 May 2020, and the subsequent protests and demonstrations against police and state brutality towards black people in America and around the world, and the systemic racism that exists within society.

Council also notes with alarm the response of the President of the United States of America and his administration, using extreme force to crush and repel protestors.

Council further notes the release of the government report into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethic people and that it is of vital importance that action is taken as a result to alleviate the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

Council welcomes:

The decision to light Lambeth Town Hall purple in commemoration of the tragic and wholly unnecessary death of George Floyd.

The commitment to a community listening event to be held later this month to hear from our communities about the impact of covid-19, including on policing approaches and any community tensions.

Council resolves:

·         To stand in complete solidarity with black people in America, in Britain, and around the world.

·         To give its support to the Black Lives Matter movement.

·         To lobby for immediate government action on to address the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

·         To work with the community and the police in Lambeth to ensure that policing in the borough is proportionate and fair to all residents.

To call on the Government to:

·         Make urgent changes to Government policy and guidance to protect BAME communities as the report requested.

·         Implement an action plan as requested by the Chair of the BMA (British Medical Association) to reduce the risk to BAME employees and to address the underlying issues.

·         Carry out an independent BAME Covid-19 inquiry.

·         Implement an immediate suspension of export licences of sales of arms to the US, including riot shields, tear gas, rubber bullets and small arms and an investigation into how British arms are being used in internal repression and violations of civil rights.

Information concerning lifting of lock down restrictions

Guidelines from the Government concerning the lifting of restrictions following the lockdown are changing daily. For up to date information and a clear FAQ on what can and cannot be done under the new arrangements, in England, please go to the following web site:

From tomorrow, 15th June, non-essential shops can re-open with strict social distancing, hand sanitising and mask (face covering) regulations in place. Also, from tomorrow it’s compulsory to wear a face covering at all times if using public transport. Advice on how to make your own face covering can be found at:

Anyone who can work from home should continue to do so. If you have to travel to your place of work, please walk or cycle if you are able. If using public transport, please try to travel outside of peak times if possible.

When face coverings on public transport become compulsory on Monday, travel companies will be able to refuse travel for non-compliance and you could also be fined.

The Government has published further guidance on how people can meet other people who live outside their own household, safely, through ‘support bubbles’. The new guidance is available here:

What are the face covering rules on public transport?

(From the BBC news site:
Anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane in England should wear a face covering from Monday - to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
The new rules coincide with a further easing of lockdown - including the return to class of some secondary school pupils and the reopening of non-essential shops.
The number of people using public transport is expected to increase.
  • Continue home working if possible
  • Avoid public transport if they can't work from home
  • Avoid the rush hour on public transport
Some passengers will be exempt from the new rules including:
  • Children under 11
  • People with disabilities
  • Those with breathing difficulties
  • Anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading
If it is "reasonably necessary" for you to eat or drink you can remove the face covering to do so.
The rules will apply only on public transport - not while waiting - but the rail industry will ask people to cover their face as they enter a station.
People could be refused travel if they don't follow the rules. They could also be fined, but this will be the last resort.
Public transport excludes cruise ships, school transport, taxis and private hire vehicles. However, ride-sharing company Uber is making face coverings compulsory.