A LIBRARIAN’S LOVE SONG: A disturbing number of young people don’t actually know how book-lending at the library works. / We’re funded based on footfall. I’ve seen staff cry because we lost a youth group to a private hall that has fancier facilities like a cafe. We need all the footfall we can get. We even put lightbulbs in./ Library staff can overcome many challenges but Book Gods help you if you deprive us of caffeine. You don’t want to see what happens then………………

The following has been Re-Tweeted by Defend the Ten Twitter*. (So please, next time you visit a library.......Ed.) Secret Library Gorgon  🐍‏ @grumpwitch Things I have learned about the general public whilst working at the library:  1. A huge number of people under 20 can't read face clocks, having grown up with only digital one.  … Continue reading A LIBRARIAN’S LOVE SONG: A disturbing number of young people don’t actually know how book-lending at the library works. / We’re funded based on footfall. I’ve seen staff cry because we lost a youth group to a private hall that has fancier facilities like a cafe. We need all the footfall we can get. We even put lightbulbs in./ Library staff can overcome many challenges but Book Gods help you if you deprive us of caffeine. You don’t want to see what happens then………………

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LAMBETH ANGER AT EU ELECTION CLAIMS “We have gone above and beyond and done everything possible to help EU citizens register to vote”

Claims that EU citizens living in Lambeth received crucial voter registration forms after the deadline to apply had already passed are being vehemently challenged by Lambeth council. Lambeth Liberal Democrats issued a statement on their website saying the deadline to submit the form was 7th May, but Lambeth council’s letters to many EU citizens in … Continue reading LAMBETH ANGER AT EU ELECTION CLAIMS “We have gone above and beyond and done everything possible to help EU citizens register to vote”

LEARN ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS TO QUESTION COUNCIL SPENDING

Lambeth People’s Audit team are running two drop-in events at the Brixton Pound cafe to help people learn about their rights to question council spending and to talk about their work so far. The events will run from 2pm-6pm on Saturday June 1 and Saturday July 6, bookending the 'citizens audit' period when electors in … Continue reading LEARN ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS TO QUESTION COUNCIL SPENDING

“Forever radical, always welcoming, constantly creative. That’s Lambeth” – says council advert. Dear Advertising Standards Authority………

Policy and Communications Manager Job function Customer service Job level Management Education level Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) Lambeth council are advertising for a Policy and Communications Manager. Their job ad reads as follows: PO5: Starting salary £44,373 pa rising in annual increments to £47,274 pa incl LW Forever radical, always welcoming, constantly creative. That’s Lambeth. … Continue reading “Forever radical, always welcoming, constantly creative. That’s Lambeth” – says council advert. Dear Advertising Standards Authority………

LAMBETHWATCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA“You can hoodwink the BBC but not local residents”

FOR THE RECORD.... BBC TV NEWS ITEM ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY Laura Swaffield‏ @lswaffield1 Jan 29  Retweeted Jim Dickson Lambeth has SPENT £7m on these 2 libraries and given them to outside companies to use rent free. Plus huge security cost while Carnegie was closed... You can hoodwink BBC but not local residents LambethLabour‏ @LambethLabour Jan … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA“You can hoodwink the BBC but not local residents”

LAMBETHWATCH – ED DAVIE UNDER FIRE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Lambeth Labour Cllr Ed Davie, who is joint cabinet member for health and adult social care retweeted Lambeth Council: Across the country Tory cuts have shut over 500 libraries while @LambethLabour has innovated to keep all 10 of ours which are winning awards and being used by even more people than ever After a Lambeth … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – ED DAVIE UNDER FIRE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

LAMBETHWATCH WITHOUT COMMENT: CARNEGIE LIBRARY GARDEN HERNE HILL…….

Some of the minutes from the first Garden Group meeting organised by Carnegie Community Trust for the Carnegie library, Herne Hill. The ‘Friends’ referred to are the Friends of Carnegie Library – Ed. GARDEN GROUP FIRST MEETING Saturday 02 March 2019 1. Ten people attended (they included the Chair of the Friends and one of … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH WITHOUT COMMENT: CARNEGIE LIBRARY GARDEN HERNE HILL…….

CARNEGIE LIBRARY: MYSTERY OF WHO CARRIED OUT SECRET WORKS REMAINS AS INFORMATION WATCHDOGS BACK LAMBETH

The Information Commissioner’s Office have backed Lambeth council over their refusal to answer a Freedom of Information request regarding out-of-hours' building works done at the Carnegie library in Herne Hill. On 24 May 2018, News From Crystal Palace wrote to the council requesting the following information “Please state what works, other than those carried out … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY: MYSTERY OF WHO CARRIED OUT SECRET WORKS REMAINS AS INFORMATION WATCHDOGS BACK LAMBETH

SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Secret emails about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill have FINALLY been revealed by Lambeth council following a series of Freedom of Information requests by News From Crystal Palace. The only controversial element the emails reveals relates to consultations on a questionnaire issued by the Carnegie library project group / shadow trust board. The freshly disclosed … Continue reading SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

The following is the correspondence relating to News From Crystal Palace's Freedom of Information appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office: (Abbreviations: EIR Environmental Information regulations; FOIA Freedom of Information Act) On December 3rd 2018 the ICO wrote: Between 17 January 2017 and 4 September 2017 you submitted 14 separate requests for information to the Council. … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS