LAMBETHWATCH: ARE LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS PULLING THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF LABOUR COUNCILLORS?

Last week's meeting of Lambeth council's corporate committee contained a report covering the Freedom of Information Act and related issues. The council's corporate committee is (very ably) chaired by Cllr Adrian Garden. It's not politicallly partisan, it just deals with what the committee wants to know. Basically it's the council's watchdog for a whole raft … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: ARE LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS PULLING THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF LABOUR COUNCILLORS?

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LAMBETH CHIEF EXECUTIVE REPLIES TO PEOPLE’S AUDIT: “I recognise that there is more we can do in respect of transparency and I expect us to make further progress in the coming months” – letter reveals his predecessor got £77,700 compensation

Lambeth council is committed to transparency, says chief executive Andrew Travers. Mr Travers response follows an open letter to him from People's Audit Lambeth in August in which they said the level of information they have been provided as part of this year’s public inspection of council accounts is FAR LESS than what they received … Continue reading LAMBETH CHIEF EXECUTIVE REPLIES TO PEOPLE’S AUDIT: “I recognise that there is more we can do in respect of transparency and I expect us to make further progress in the coming months” – letter reveals his predecessor got £77,700 compensation

AUDITORS LETTER PAGES ONE TO FOUR

(Editor's note: Some names of companies and one estate have been deleted from the following letter - sent by the council's auditors KPMG - by News From Crystal Palace.) Dear , London Borough of Lambeth: audit of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2016 I am writing to you in response to your letter … Continue reading AUDITORS LETTER PAGES ONE TO FOUR

AUDITORS LETTER PAGES PAGES FIVE TO EIGHT

(Editor's note: Some names of companies and one estate have been deleted from the following letter - sent by the council's auditors KPMG - by News From Crystal Palace.) PAGE FIVE "The fact that an authority overspends on a budget it has set is not considered unlawful." 4.3. Public Interest Report You raise concerns regarding … Continue reading AUDITORS LETTER PAGES PAGES FIVE TO EIGHT

LAMBETHWATCH: NO MONEY FOR LIBRARIANS – BUT YOU CAN WORK IN THE SUPREME LEADER’S OFFICE!!! PLUS: LIB PECK BACKS JEREMY CORBYN

Senior Policy and Communications Officer PO3: Starting salary £37,650 pa rising in annual increments to £40,653 pa incl. LW Lambeth Council's Policy and Communications team are recruiting a Senior Policy & Communications Officer. We are seeking an enthusiastic Senior Policy Officer to be part of the Leader’s Office at Lambeth Council. This is a great … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: NO MONEY FOR LIBRARIANS – BUT YOU CAN WORK IN THE SUPREME LEADER’S OFFICE!!! PLUS: LIB PECK BACKS JEREMY CORBYN

NEW CAMPAIGN SEEKS CARERS FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE FLED CONFLICT People from Somali, Afghan, Eritrean and Sudanese communities asked to step forward

People from Somali, Afghan, Eritrean and Sudanese communities are being asked to step forward and become carers to children from their homeland after fleeing conflict as part of a new Lambeth council campaign. The campaign – called ‘Kids Are Still Kids’ – asks people from Somali, Afghan, Eritrean and Sudanese communities to step forward and become carers … Continue reading NEW CAMPAIGN SEEKS CARERS FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE FLED CONFLICT People from Somali, Afghan, Eritrean and Sudanese communities asked to step forward

ABSOLUTELY BONKERS!!!!!! One: Lambeth council to use estate agents to let homes on demolition-threatened estates. Two: Lambeth set to ‘invest’ £15 million in 47 homes for temporary accommodation for seven years – some in OUTER London. Three: Lambeth spend £3 million plus every three months on night time temporary accommodation for the homeless – so why don’t they just put people from the housing waiting list into the vacant HOMES on demolition-threatened estates?

Lambeth council are set to spend £15 million 'investing' in 47 two-bed homes - some in OUTER London - in a move aimed at reducing the £1 million plus per month they spend on temporary night-time accommodation for homeless people. The announcement comes as Lambeth's cabinet member for planning, investment and NEW HOMES Cllr Matthew Bennett … Continue reading ABSOLUTELY BONKERS!!!!!! One: Lambeth council to use estate agents to let homes on demolition-threatened estates. Two: Lambeth set to ‘invest’ £15 million in 47 homes for temporary accommodation for seven years – some in OUTER London. Three: Lambeth spend £3 million plus every three months on night time temporary accommodation for the homeless – so why don’t they just put people from the housing waiting list into the vacant HOMES on demolition-threatened estates?

OPINION: HOW LAMBETH LABOUR HAVE PLAYED A BRILLIANT SLEIGHT OF HAND OVER HOUSING

A brilliant political sleight of hand has been played by Lambeth Labour.* They have a new cabinet member for housing - but he's not the cabinet member for new homes. So the cabinet member for housing can't move people off the housing waiting list into the scores of empty properties on the six estates which … Continue reading OPINION: HOW LAMBETH LABOUR HAVE PLAYED A BRILLIANT SLEIGHT OF HAND OVER HOUSING

NEW HOUSING CHIEF’S CALL FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT FROM LAMBETH’S TENANTS AND RESIDENTS (Lambeth housing special – One)

Lambeth's new cabinet member for housing Cllr Paul Gadsby wants more involvement from Lambeth council tenants and leaseholders. "We need to up our communications with residents and I'm listening to residents that they do want more engagement" he told the council's overview and scrutiny committee in a meeting which focused on housing. "I want to … Continue reading NEW HOUSING CHIEF’S CALL FOR MORE INVOLVEMENT FROM LAMBETH’S TENANTS AND RESIDENTS (Lambeth housing special – One)

….AND THEY DO (AND YOU WILL BE INVITED TO THE TENANTS ASSEMBLY, CLLR GADSBY TELLS ONE ESTATE RESIDENT (Lambeth housing special – Two)

A lady named Barbara from the Streatham Hill estate told the overview and scrutiny committee there were questions about Wednesday walkabouts, resident panels and tenants newsletters but she preferred to deal with them by e-mail "as it would take too long.". "We haven't had a meeting of the tenants residents association for over a year … Continue reading ….AND THEY DO (AND YOU WILL BE INVITED TO THE TENANTS ASSEMBLY, CLLR GADSBY TELLS ONE ESTATE RESIDENT (Lambeth housing special – Two)