‘HOMES FOR LAMBETH’ SENSATION – BUYBACKS WILL COST ALMOST £100 MILLION AND POSSIBLY DOUBLE – FUNDS AVAILABLE TO REPAIR BOUGHT HOMES (BUT NO MONEY TO REPAIR TENANTS HOMES ON THE SAME ESTATES) – AGENTS TO TAKE A CUT OF PAID RENTS BEFORE PAYING HOMES FOR LAMBETH – NEW £19 MILLION LOAN BID TO BE SIGNED OFF WITHOUT FULL COUNCIL APPROVAL

Lambeth council's bill for buying up properties on six council estates they want to demolish under their hugely controversial Homes for Lambeth scheme could cost almost £100 million - and possibly double that amount. The figures come in a report to the council's cabinet which seeks a £19.7 million loan request from the Public Works … Continue reading ‘HOMES FOR LAMBETH’ SENSATION – BUYBACKS WILL COST ALMOST £100 MILLION AND POSSIBLY DOUBLE – FUNDS AVAILABLE TO REPAIR BOUGHT HOMES (BUT NO MONEY TO REPAIR TENANTS HOMES ON THE SAME ESTATES) – AGENTS TO TAKE A CUT OF PAID RENTS BEFORE PAYING HOMES FOR LAMBETH – NEW £19 MILLION LOAN BID TO BE SIGNED OFF WITHOUT FULL COUNCIL APPROVAL

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BELL, BOOK CLUB AND CAROLS

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS...... Am looking forward to seeing you all at our next session on Saturday 16th December. For those of you who missed my previous email, the book we will be discussing is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. You will all be pleased to hear that Rita will be … Continue reading BELL, BOOK CLUB AND CAROLS

LAMBETHWATCH – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Back in October News From Crystal Palace ran a piece about Lambeth People's Audit meeting MP Marcus Jones at the House of Commons with Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall. Someone has now made a Freedom of Information request asking what went on at the meeting. Given their history of not wanting to answer Freedom of … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

IS THIS THE BIGGEST LOAD OF TOSH PRODUCED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL – EVER?

This leaflet from Lambeth council is being sent to people living near to Carnegie library Herne Hill. The leaflet - produced after Lambeth turned down an appeal by the Carnegie Library Association to take over the running of the library -  says: There will be "Experienced customer care staff" instead of librarians who will be … Continue reading IS THIS THE BIGGEST LOAD OF TOSH PRODUCED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL – EVER?

LAMBETH TURN DOWN CARNEGIE APPEAL

Carnegie Library Association have lost their appeal against Lambeth council's decision to gift the Herne Hill library to the secretive self-elected Carnegie Community Trust. Jeff Doorn of the Carnegie Library Association, who is also chairman of Friends of Carnegie Library, told News From Crystal Palace: "I received the decision notice on 6 December, with a … Continue reading LAMBETH TURN DOWN CARNEGIE APPEAL

JOE’S CHRISTMAS DISPLAY IS BACK IN THE LIBRARY AGAIN / FATAL ACCIDENT UPDATE / iMOVE HAVEN’T MOVED / WINTERFEST CLOSES

JOE'S CHRISTMAS DISPLAY IS BACK IN THE LIBRARY AGAIN The traditional Christmas window display - much-loved by local children - which featured in the former Plumbase store on Westow Hill is back on display this year – again in Upper Norwood library. Joe Field, who designed the Christmas window in Plumbase for between eight and … Continue reading JOE’S CHRISTMAS DISPLAY IS BACK IN THE LIBRARY AGAIN / FATAL ACCIDENT UPDATE / iMOVE HAVEN’T MOVED / WINTERFEST CLOSES

LIBRARY GARDEN “WRECKED” SAY DEFEND THE TEN

"The Carnegie library garden has been wrecked! "Breaking several promises, Lambeth council’s contractors made an early morning start on 5 December despite the protests of local residents. "Here’s the result. "To sum up: 1. Carnegie library and garden given to Lambeth council by Andrew Carnegie FREE. 2. Building cherished, & garden extensively developed by local … Continue reading LIBRARY GARDEN “WRECKED” SAY DEFEND THE TEN

LAMBETH CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS SET TO GET COMPENSATION – COUNCIL TO RECOVER PAYOUTS FROM ABUSERS WHERE POSSIBLE

Victims of sexual abuse in Lambeth council children homes are set to receive damages of between £1,000 and £100,000 each.   An estimated 3,000 claims from victims are expected - with the final compensation bill totaling around £100 million.   Lambeth have also announced their intention to seek to recover compensation payouts from the victims … Continue reading LAMBETH CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS SET TO GET COMPENSATION – COUNCIL TO RECOVER PAYOUTS FROM ABUSERS WHERE POSSIBLE

COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT PANEL TO DECIDE COMPENSATION LEVELS – SURVIVORS BACK MOVE “There can be no opportunity for those that were complicit then to be allowed now to now cover their tracks” – Scott Ainslie

Survivors of child abuse at Lambeth children’s homes should receive compensation through an independent redress panel – not through the same council that failed to keep them safe while the abuse took place, says Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie.   His call is being backed by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association which was set up … Continue reading COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT PANEL TO DECIDE COMPENSATION LEVELS – SURVIVORS BACK MOVE “There can be no opportunity for those that were complicit then to be allowed now to now cover their tracks” – Scott Ainslie

“SURVIVORS OF ABUSE ALSO WISH TO KNOW THAT CHILDREN TODAY WILL BE BETTER PROTECTED”

A background summary contained in the council's own report includes the following: 1.1 In 2012 Operation Yewtree, the investigation into the abuse of children, found widespread child abuse in many public institutions in the UK. The national publicity around child abuse led to many people coming forward who had been abused during time spent in … Continue reading “SURVIVORS OF ABUSE ALSO WISH TO KNOW THAT CHILDREN TODAY WILL BE BETTER PROTECTED”