OPINION – HOMES FOR LAMBETH: CARILLION Mk II?

Homes for Lambeth is a financial disaster waiting to happen. A council which says it has NO money to repair homes on six council estates they want to demolish, NO money to run libraries NOW decides its going to BORROW LOADSAMONEY to lend to a new company it's just set up. It sounds like a … Continue reading OPINION – HOMES FOR LAMBETH: CARILLION Mk II?

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NO MONEY TO REPAIR ESTATES, NO MONEY FOR LIBRARIES – BUT £19 MILLION (OR MORE) SPENT ON EMPLOYING ALMOST 400 NEW MANAGERS – AND £26 MILLION FOR TEMPORARY AGENCY STAFF IN JUST EIGHT MONTHS….

Lambeth council has employed almost 400 new senior managers with salaries of £50,000 or more over the past 10 years, says the latest shock report from People's Audit Lambeth. A total of 110 of those have been employed since the 2010-11 financial year – during which time Lambeth made almost 2,200 employees redundant at a … Continue reading NO MONEY TO REPAIR ESTATES, NO MONEY FOR LIBRARIES – BUT £19 MILLION (OR MORE) SPENT ON EMPLOYING ALMOST 400 NEW MANAGERS – AND £26 MILLION FOR TEMPORARY AGENCY STAFF IN JUST EIGHT MONTHS….

LAMBETHWATCH: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNINVITED…..

Defend the Ten Tweeted: Council election countdown wk 24 & we have Amanda, Gwendolyn (12) & Griff (8). Amanda's eldest son (not shown) is 10 & has autism; she says of @CarnegieLib "closing this library was a criminal act - we have felt it's closure deeply. Closing @CarnegieLib has significantly affected all the people featured … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UNINVITED…..

LAMBETHWATCH OPINION:  “WHY DO WE NEVER GET AN ANSWER?”*

LAMBETHWATCH OPINION:  "WHY DO WE NEVER GET AN ANSWER?"* The continuing reluctance of Lambeth council and its Labour councillors to answer - or completely ignore - questions in the forlorn hope said questions will just go away has come back to bite them on their collective backsides this week. Back on July 7th Peoples Audit … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH OPINION:  “WHY DO WE NEVER GET AN ANSWER?”*

"SCRAP LIBRARIES DEAL WITH GREENWICH LEISURE" – Green Party call to Lambeth / Public meeting planned by Defend the Ten

"SCRAP LIBRARIES DEAL WITH GREENWICH LEISURE" - Green Party call to Lambeth / Public meeting planned by Defend the Ten The Green Party has called on Lambeth council to scrap its deal with Greenwich Leisure Limited to convert a number of libraries into ‘healthy living centres’. The Green Party urged the council to instead back … Continue reading "SCRAP LIBRARIES DEAL WITH GREENWICH LEISURE" – Green Party call to Lambeth / Public meeting planned by Defend the Ten

OTHER POINTS FROM THE PEOPLE'S AUDIT REPORT

OTHER POINTS FROM THE PEOPLE'S AUDIT REPORT Culture 2020 caused uproar Culture 2020 was hugely controversial from the start - not least as an alternative plan which kept all 10 of Lambeth’s libraries open whilst making the required savings was presented by Lambeth’s head of libraries, Susanna Barnes. It was rejected on the grounds that … Continue reading OTHER POINTS FROM THE PEOPLE'S AUDIT REPORT

BACKGROUND HISTORY TO LATEST LIBRARIES CAMPAIGNS

BACKGROUND HISTORY TO LATEST LIBRARIES CAMPAIGNS Libraries closed Only in Lambeth, it seems, is the word ‘library’ usually followed by ‘controversy’.  Ever since demonstrators occupied Herne Hill’s Carnegie library for several days in April 2016, libraries have been a politically charged topic in the borough. At the time of writing, the borough’s Carnegie and Minet … Continue reading BACKGROUND HISTORY TO LATEST LIBRARIES CAMPAIGNS