SUE FOSTER LEAVES LAMBETH
Sue Foster has left Lambeth as part of major changes in its officer hierarchy at the top of the council.
Foster, strategic director of neighbourhoods and growth and Jackie Belton, the likeable strategic director, corporate resources, both left Lambeth on December 31st.
But there has been no official announcement about their departures. And because Lambeth is run as a so-called co-operative council with a very small number of committees compared to a traditional council, there has been nothing reported to its cabinet or any committee about these and other changes which may also have been made.
One post on social media thanks another individual – a certain assistant director who is apparently leaving Lambeth tomorrow (February 13th) – for her help.
COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT – AND FAREWELL TO LIB PECK
The annual budget meeting of Lambeth council is being held tomorrow night (Wednesday) as well as a full council meeting to say farewell to supreme leader Cllr Lib Peck.
Cllr Tim Briggs, the only blue on the council, has put forward the Conservative budget proposals.
Subject headings include: include: Labour’s failure to put resident before politics; Sharing staff and contracts with another council; Replenishing reserves; Ending excessive payments to Labour councillors and (at 8.3) Communications – ending the spin. (Please see separate story – Ed.)
An officer’s report to tomorrow night’s meeting says: “To ensure that residents are involved in the decisions that affect them, this budget has been produced following significant budget consultation involving thousands of Lambeth residents. Over 4,000 people responded to this consultation, the largest consultation of its kind that Lambeth council has undertaken on the budget before.
By pluralities, residents expressed broad support for the council’s budget proposals and the priorities that they expressed.
There was support for the introduction of a voluntary tax and clear expression of interest towards directing the proceeds, and additional council spending where possible, into services for young people and tackling serious youth violence. As a result, this budget includes an additional £0.5m for youth violence in 2019/20, and plans to spend an additional £1m on preventing youth violence by 2020. In addition, the council has recognised resident’s support for protecting services for vulnerable people by protecting funding for child and adolescent mental health and violence against women and girls, and recognised residents’ concerns about cuts to the libraries budget by reversing the cuts that were included in the December proposals.
QUESTION: So what monies have been cut elsewhere by reversing the cuts to the libraries service?
THE LISTENING COUNCIL?
If you go on lambeth.gov meetings you get the chance to hear a recording of the council meeting held on January 23rd. Comments from councillors – including the opposition ones – can be clearly heard.
But if you try and listen to people representing deputations – such as Yvonne Lewis on behalf of sexual abuse victims and Laura Swaffield on behalf of libraries you won’t hear much, if anything.
Laura managed to deliver her views in less than four and a half minutes, The word count for her speech was around the 800 mark. That’s around 200 words per minute for someone with shorthand…….