EXCLUSIVE: LAMBETH LABOUR COUNCILLORS GAVE MORE THAN £67,000 OF THEIR SALARIES TO PARTY FUNDS IN JUST ONE YEAR

Lambeth Labour councillors gave £67,250 of their allowances / salaries - which are paid for by the borough's ratepayers - to the Lambeth Labour group campaign fund during the financial year 2017-18, we can exclusively reveal. A Freedom of Information request by News From Crystal Palace - answered only after we had asked for an … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: LAMBETH LABOUR COUNCILLORS GAVE MORE THAN £67,000 OF THEIR SALARIES TO PARTY FUNDS IN JUST ONE YEAR

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LAMBETH AUSTERITY 2 – COUNCIL’S AUDITORS PwC GET ANOTHER £320,000 FOR “ADDITIONAL ADVISORY SERVICES” / PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH ON THEIR DAY IN COURT / plus: “I’M KERMIT AND I’M SUING”

COUNCIL'S AUDITORS PwC GET ANOTHER £320,000 - FOR "ADDITIONAL ADVISORY SERVICES" Lambeth council's auditors at austerity-hit Lambeth council are getting another £320,000 for 'additional advisory services'. The decision to 'vary the council’s existing Internal Audit, Risk Management, Investigation and Advisory Services Contract with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) by £320,000 to complete essential Corporate Performance and Programme … Continue reading LAMBETH AUSTERITY 2 – COUNCIL’S AUDITORS PwC GET ANOTHER £320,000 FOR “ADDITIONAL ADVISORY SERVICES” / PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH ON THEIR DAY IN COURT / plus: “I’M KERMIT AND I’M SUING”

LAMBETH AUSTERITY 1 – LATEST BILL FOR THEIR NEW TOWN HALL: £338,000 FOR REMOVING FURNITURE (plus £6,000 for storage)

Lambeth council are set to splurge a further £338,000 on their new town hall - this time to pay for REMOVING furniture from Phoenix house, Olive Morris house and Blue Star house - three of the premises they are vacating as part of the big move. People's Audit Lambeth have uncovered the latest spend - … Continue reading LAMBETH AUSTERITY 1 – LATEST BILL FOR THEIR NEW TOWN HALL: £338,000 FOR REMOVING FURNITURE (plus £6,000 for storage)

LAMBETH AUSTERITY 3 – COUNCIL TO LOAN THE OLD VIC £3.75 MILLION? (‘Neither a borrower or a lender be’?) / and THE CASE OF THE DELAYED DECISION (‘A plague on both your houses’?)

Austerity-hit Lambeth council are set to give the historic Old Vic theatre a loan of £3.75 million. A report in the Evening Standard headlined 'Old Vic Theatre to partner up with Lambeth and Southwark councils to fund new education centre' by Robert Dex four days ago said the councils would be lending money to the … Continue reading LAMBETH AUSTERITY 3 – COUNCIL TO LOAN THE OLD VIC £3.75 MILLION? (‘Neither a borrower or a lender be’?) / and THE CASE OF THE DELAYED DECISION (‘A plague on both your houses’?)

CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE DATA PROTECTION BREACHES RAISED BY PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH

People's Audit Lambeth are demanding to know how an answer to a Freedom of Information request was re-Tweeted by Lambeth Labour party just two and a half hours after the answer had appeared on Lambeth council's own FOI disclosure log. They say: "One disturbing aspect of our investigation surrounds Lambeth Labour’s tweeting of the response … Continue reading CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE DATA PROTECTION BREACHES RAISED BY PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH

“This information is not held; the response was not communicated to other Lambeth council officers or councillors”

The Freedom of Information team at Lambeth council have vehemently denied that an FOI response was communicated either to other Lambeth council officers - or councillors. (Please see separate story CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE DATA PROTECTION BREACHES RAISED BY PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH) The following is the exchange of emails between Lambeth's FOI team and People's Audit … Continue reading “This information is not held; the response was not communicated to other Lambeth council officers or councillors”

2,000 STAFF AT LAMBETH COUNCIL MADE REDUNDANT – BUT SENIOR MANAGER NUMBERS INCREASE SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT

People’s Audit Lambeth have issued their latest report on senior council salaries in the borough. Their report http://www.thepeoplesaudit.info/2019/06/18/seeking-the-truth-about-senior-council-salaries-in-lambeth/ finds that: Despite making 2,000 staff redundant the numbers of senior managers have increased - at an EXTRA annual cost of between £5.56 million and £6.66 million The number of council officers earning £50,000or more annually had … Continue reading 2,000 STAFF AT LAMBETH COUNCIL MADE REDUNDANT – BUT SENIOR MANAGER NUMBERS INCREASE SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT

“A DEEPLY FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE” – People’s Audit say they still find it difficult to get information from Lambeth

People's Audit say they still find it difficult to get information from Lambeth council. They say: "Followers of Lambeth People’s Audit may recall a war of words broke out last year when Lambeth Labour claimed our report on senior council salaries (over £50,000 a year) (Note 1) had ‘conflated pay of Lambeth teachers with council … Continue reading “A DEEPLY FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE” – People’s Audit say they still find it difficult to get information from Lambeth

How were Lambeth able to state that in 2006/2007 there were 212 senior council staff when they don’t have the data to back up this claim? – People’s Audit challenge to council’s FOI team

People's Audit Lambeth asked Lambeth’s FOI (Freedom of Information) department for further details regarding the information in Lambeth Labour’s Tweet on council staff and classroom teachers.* The FOI team's response highlighted several matters, say People's Audit Lambeth.  "We asked to see the staff positions for the years in question. "Lambeth were unable to provide a … Continue reading How were Lambeth able to state that in 2006/2007 there were 212 senior council staff when they don’t have the data to back up this claim? – People’s Audit challenge to council’s FOI team

EMAIL EXCHANGES BETWEEN PEOPLE’S AUDIT AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM

From: Merrily Rodriguez <lambethinformationrequests@lambeth.gov.uk> Date: Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM Subject: Information request (ref: IR230224) Dear ‎Mr. Morrow‏ Thank you for your request for information received on 19 February 2018 13 March 2018 Our ref: IR230224 Your request and our response According to Lambeth council’s accounts, the following number of employees received remuneration (excluding pension … Continue reading EMAIL EXCHANGES BETWEEN PEOPLE’S AUDIT AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM