LAMBETHWATCH SPECIAL: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT QUESTION – ONE “The public interest means what is in the best interests of the public not what is of interest to the public.”  

These are some of the questions put to Lambeth council's Freedom of Information team in recent months. FOI rules state the council must answer an FOI question within 20 working days. If you're planning on asking an FOI question, you may find the following helpful. NB: Some responses may have been received from Lambeth's FOI … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH SPECIAL: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT QUESTION – ONE “The public interest means what is in the best interests of the public not what is of interest to the public.”  

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LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL TWO: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING AN FOI QUESTION TWO – JOB DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR TOP 68 WAGE EARNERS? WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO ANSWER THAT

Indar Picton-Howell 13 February 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, The draft accounts for 2016/17 show that another 40 staff were paid over £80,000 p.a., compared to the previous year. Please could you supply the job description for each of these persons. Yours faithfully, Indar Picton-Howell Lambeth’s response I can confirm that we have reviewed your … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL TWO: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING AN FOI QUESTION TWO – JOB DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR TOP 68 WAGE EARNERS? WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO ANSWER THAT

LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL: THREE – SOMETIMES LAMBETH COUNCIL LET THE PROVERBIAL CAT OUT OF THE BAG……

Peter Lennard 4 February 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Please could you advise me how many of the 350 Lambeth Council leaseholders that received payment request letters in 2017, as referred to in the answer to Freedom of Information request number IR225666, were living in properties that had no Major Works carried out on them … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL: THREE – SOMETIMES LAMBETH COUNCIL LET THE PROVERBIAL CAT OUT OF THE BAG……

LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL:  FOUR – THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS…..

Among the questions currently awaiting an answer...... From: Will Minto 29 April 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Please provide me with the allowances paid to councillors, including the special responsibility allowances. The current list on your website (https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default... appears to be considerably out of date. From: Tom Keene 18 April 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL:  FOUR – THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS…..

LAMBETHWATCH: PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION WOULD HAVE SEEN ED DAVIE, IAN SIMPSON, ANDY WILSON AND 20 OTHER LABOUR CANDIDATES NOT GET ELECTED (and why is the agenda for next Wednesday’s council meeting effectively blank?)

 Lambeth Green Party Retweeted ♻Michael J Keane  ♻‏ @KeaneMJ  Under proportional representation, Lambeth Greens would have 7 more councillors than the 5 they got. Here are the 7 that lost out. The second table shows Labour councillors that got elected but would not have under proportional representation (Method based on votes each got). (Graph: Michael J Keane) (Graph: Michael … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION WOULD HAVE SEEN ED DAVIE, IAN SIMPSON, ANDY WILSON AND 20 OTHER LABOUR CANDIDATES NOT GET ELECTED (and why is the agenda for next Wednesday’s council meeting effectively blank?)

SIAN BERRY TO QUIZ SADIQ KHAN OVER ESTATE DEMOLITIONS

Sian Berry visiting Central Hill estate Crystal Palace Sian Berry is to quiz Sadiq Khan during tomorrow's Mayor's question time at County Hall over secret funding details to demolish council estates - denying residents the chance to vote on the future of their homes. The London-wide Green party assembly member will be asking: What is … Continue reading SIAN BERRY TO QUIZ SADIQ KHAN OVER ESTATE DEMOLITIONS

LAMBETHWATCH – CARNEGIE LIBRARY PROJECT GROUP ‘AN INDEPENDENT ORGANISATION’

A Herne Hill resident was going through old emails and found the following: Carnegie Carnegie Library 188 Herne Hill Road LONDON 00/10/2014 Carnegie Library - help shape the future Dear xxxx An independent organisation, called the Carnegie Library Project group is arranging a consultation on a number of options that they have been developing, on … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – CARNEGIE LIBRARY PROJECT GROUP ‘AN INDEPENDENT ORGANISATION’

LAMBETHWATCH: NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE AT THE ELECTION COUNT

Lambeth council was on the point of going ENTIRELY Labour during one very dark moment at Friday's election count at Kennington Oval cricket ground. Eventually - after recounts - Green party's Pete Elliott (pictured above) was elected in Gipsy Hill (but you've still got Matthew Bennett); Green party candidate Becca Thackray was elected in Herne … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE AT THE ELECTION COUNT

LAMBETHWATCH: VOTING DAY

If you're voting in Bromley remember you'll need ID....if you're voting locally in Croydon then the Upper Norwood ward has become the new Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward and some polling station venues have been changed. If you're voting in Lambeth.......  Friends of Carnegie‏ @FrndsofCarnegie Just heard all ribbons, flowers & supportive signs removed @CarnegieLib … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: VOTING DAY

LAMBETHWATCH: HEALTHY LIVING CENTRES MOVE AGREED ‘IN PRINCIPLE’ MONTHS BEFORE CULTURE 2020 SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT

Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit Tweeted: Case study in the importance of #transparency: former Lambeth CEO agreed library 'healthy living centre' idea in principle at a private meeting months before public consultation for Culture 2020 - Carnegie Library works alone now expected to cost c.£3m.