LAMBETH CHILD ABUSE: “EVERY TIER OF LAMBETH COUNCIL WAS AFFECTED BY PAEDOPHILE RING” – SURVIVOR

"LAMBETH PROTECTING FORMER LABOUR COUNCIL COVER-UPS BETWEEN 1998 AND 2003 - LAMBETH DON'T WANT THIRD PARTY LOOKING AT THEIR DIRTY WASHING" - SURVIVOR "COVER-UP DOCUMENTS SEEN BY US" - SURVIVOR   "ISSUES FROM 1990s WILL COME TO LIGHT" - TORY COUNCILLOR SURVIVORS PLEAS FOR INDEPENDENT PANEL IGNORED - GREEN COUNCILLOR TELLS SPECIAL MEETING OF LAMBETH … Continue reading LAMBETH CHILD ABUSE: “EVERY TIER OF LAMBETH COUNCIL WAS AFFECTED BY PAEDOPHILE RING” – SURVIVOR

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“YOU WOULDN’T WANT IT IF YOU WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE – YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT FILES ARE HELD” –  Barrister Michael Mansfield tells cabinet

There is no provision for disclosure in Lambeth council's scheme, no provision for a decision maker to give reasons for a decision, no opportunity to make oral representations, the barrister for Shirley Oaks Survivors Association told cabinet members. "The scheme you have devised does not satisfy the basic requirements of human rights law" added Michael … Continue reading “YOU WOULDN’T WANT IT IF YOU WERE ON THE OTHER SIDE – YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHAT FILES ARE HELD” –  Barrister Michael Mansfield tells cabinet

SURVIVORS LETTER TO CABINET MEMBERS: “ONLY REASON THE COUNCIL WILL NOT HAVE AN INDEPENDENT PROCESS IS TO CONTINUE ITS COVER-UP”

The letter from SOSA to cabinet members and raised by Michael Mansfield yesterday afternoon  - slightly redacted by News From Crystal Palace - reads as follows: Dear Council member, Re: Lambeth Council’s Historic Child Abuse Redress Scheme We are in receipt of the latest draft of the scheme and note that independent decision-making throughout the … Continue reading SURVIVORS LETTER TO CABINET MEMBERS: “ONLY REASON THE COUNCIL WILL NOT HAVE AN INDEPENDENT PROCESS IS TO CONTINUE ITS COVER-UP”

CABINET MEETING: VIEW FROM THE GALLERY

"I ABSOLUTELY APPRECIATE THE POOR CONFIDENCE PEOPLE HAVE IN THIS COUNCIL" - Lambeth council leader Cllr Lib Peck The England club room at Kennington Oval, home of Surrey county cricket club, has probably never seen anything like it. Normally events there are hosted by former England cricket captains. What happened last night many people would … Continue reading CABINET MEETING: VIEW FROM THE GALLERY

COUNCIL MEETING ADJOURNED – “Don’t look at me like that. “You’re a councillor.”

The council meeting which followed the cabinet meeting was over almost as soon as it started. Public and press who had attended the cabinet meeting were asked to wait outside or downstairs while they rearranged the chairs. As soon as the meeting began an even angrier Raymond Stevenson was up on his feet. "I know … Continue reading COUNCIL MEETING ADJOURNED – “Don’t look at me like that. “You’re a councillor.”

…AND THEN REOPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS / CLLR TIM BRIGGS: WHY WE BACKED THE £100 MILLION OPTION

...AND THEN REOPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS  The Mayor Cllr Marcia Cameron opened the adjourned meeting. "Due to the public disturbance we've excluded members of the public however the press are here present with us this evening." The Mayor outlined what had been discussed at cabinet - the specifications of the redress scheme, representations from councillors … Continue reading …AND THEN REOPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS / CLLR TIM BRIGGS: WHY WE BACKED THE £100 MILLION OPTION

FOR BALANCE: LAMBETH GREEN PARTY’S VERSION OF LAST NIGHT’S EVENTS…

Child abuse redress scheme nodded through by Lambeth Council in face of angry protests from survivors Lambeth Council’s redress scheme for children who were abused in its care was nodded through by the council’s cabinet last night (Monday 18th December) without a formal vote and against the wishes of survivors who say they have no … Continue reading FOR BALANCE: LAMBETH GREEN PARTY’S VERSION OF LAST NIGHT’S EVENTS…

…AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S HIGHLY SANITISED VERSION OF LAST NIGHT. DISSENT? WHAT DISSENT???!!!

£100million scheme adopted for survivors of historic child sexual abuse Written by: Lambeth Council 19 December 2017 Lambeth Council has adopted a redress scheme that could pay £100million to survivors of abuse at its former children’s homes. The Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme will compensate survivors of sexual, physical and psychological abuse suffered at the … Continue reading …AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S HIGHLY SANITISED VERSION OF LAST NIGHT. DISSENT? WHAT DISSENT???!!!

UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY HUB PROVING A SUCCESS (by Lambeth council)

Emily (left) and Margaret Upper Norwood Library has always had a quirky nature.  Straddling five London boroughs, it has always had the feeling of a distinct community in itself, which is perhaps why the transfer to a community-run building has proved so successful and felt so natural. In summer 2016, the Upper Norwood Library Trust … Continue reading UPPER NORWOOD LIBRARY HUB PROVING A SUCCESS (by Lambeth council)

MEANWHILE AT THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL: “HOW MANY YEARS HAVE JIM DICKSON’S ‘CUSTOMER CARE STAFF’ STUDIED LIBRARIANSHIP? – THERE’S MORE TO IT THAN JUST WIELDING A DATE STAMP” (not by Lambeth council)

From the Twittersphere: Defend The Ten Retweeted Michael J Keane  ♻‏ @KeaneMJ Dec 15 Retweeted Jim Dickson: Partial opening of @carnegielib just in time for the May 2018 elections. Wonder if that has anything to do with the timing. Wonder what new year resolutions @defendtheten @peoplesaudit etc. will be making? Defend The Ten Retweeted SaveLambethLibraries‏ … Continue reading MEANWHILE AT THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY HERNE HILL: “HOW MANY YEARS HAVE JIM DICKSON’S ‘CUSTOMER CARE STAFF’ STUDIED LIBRARIANSHIP? – THERE’S MORE TO IT THAN JUST WIELDING A DATE STAMP” (not by Lambeth council)