“HUGE SELL-OFF OF COUNCIL HOUSING BY LAMBETH” SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT “Money from sales did not always go on housing, most went on schools and resurfacing roads and pavements” – More than £1.5 million spent on staff and legal fees to implement

Lambeth council sold off more than 300 homes in seven years, says a new report from  People's Audit.  The sales, from 2010/11 to 2017/18, are in addition to nearly 600 properties already sold off in the ten years to 2010 - and do NOT include properties bought by council tenants under Right-To-Buy. Using Land Registry … Continue reading “HUGE SELL-OFF OF COUNCIL HOUSING BY LAMBETH” SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT “Money from sales did not always go on housing, most went on schools and resurfacing roads and pavements” – More than £1.5 million spent on staff and legal fees to implement

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OPINION: FULL ‘ROOT AND BRANCH’ INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO ALL THE ISSUES PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH HAVE RAISED

The chronicle of issues raised in Peoples Audit Lambeth's latest report on Lambeth council occurred long before the arrival of Andrew Travers as chief executive, and before Cllr Jack Hopkins took over as council leader earlier this year. The first People's Audit Lambeth report was dismissed as a "pack of lies" by one of the … Continue reading OPINION: FULL ‘ROOT AND BRANCH’ INVESTIGATION NEEDED INTO ALL THE ISSUES PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH HAVE RAISED

“During our investigations we were surprised to find Lambeth own houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell and Frome. Some of these had stood derelict for several years.” (Plus: Why Lambeth spent £120,000 on enquiries to the Land Registry: “There is a reasonable expectation of identifying sites we didn’t know we owned”)

Investigations by People's Audit Lambeth also found the council owned houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell (possibly Oxford - Ed.)  and Frome (Somerset). "Some of these had stood derelict for several years" says the report. Under the heading 'Lambeth's Asset Register' People's Audit Lambeth say: "All organisations should keep an asset … Continue reading “During our investigations we were surprised to find Lambeth own houses as far away as Bromley, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Cherwell and Frome. Some of these had stood derelict for several years.” (Plus: Why Lambeth spent £120,000 on enquiries to the Land Registry: “There is a reasonable expectation of identifying sites we didn’t know we owned”)

THE SALE OF RANGER MANSIONS IN JASPER ROAD – WHERE LAMBETH SETTLED FOR £8,000 IN COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY INSTEAD OF THE £31,000 PLUS THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED – and the strange tale of Rushcroft Road, Brixton where 19 properties were refurbished at an average cost of £181,000 EACH

Lambeth council got just £8,000 in community infrastructure levy for the conversion of flats in Ranger Mansions, Jasper Road - instead of the £31,578 they should have received, says the People's Audit Lambeth report: Ranger Mansions This property in Jasper Road, Crystal Palace consisted of eight flats. A planning application was submitted by London Green … Continue reading THE SALE OF RANGER MANSIONS IN JASPER ROAD – WHERE LAMBETH SETTLED FOR £8,000 IN COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY INSTEAD OF THE £31,000 PLUS THEY SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED – and the strange tale of Rushcroft Road, Brixton where 19 properties were refurbished at an average cost of £181,000 EACH

WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? Only a forensic audit on capital receipts would reveal the truth, say People’s Audit

"One question that is on many people’s lips is 'What happened to all the money?' say People's Audit Lambeth. "Others before us have tried and failed to get an answer to this question from Lambeth. In a BBC Inside Out programme in 2014 the then Lambeth council cabinet member for housing and regeneration, Pete Robbins, … Continue reading WHERE DID THE MONEY GO? Only a forensic audit on capital receipts would reveal the truth, say People’s Audit

Former Lambeth council short-life co-operative homes now owned by aristocracy, an heiress, and offshore developers says People’s Audit Lambeth report

The concept of short-life properties started in the late 1970s when properties that the council were unable to maintain (many of which were derelict), were handed over to people on the borough’s housing waiting list. Because of the poor condition of the properties the residents could not be given a council tenancy as this would … Continue reading Former Lambeth council short-life co-operative homes now owned by aristocracy, an heiress, and offshore developers says People’s Audit Lambeth report

PEOPLE’S AUDIT PROBE FINDS LAMBETH VALUED 674 SHEDS AT AROUND £80,000 EACH plus 1,756 car parking spaces (around £98,000 each) and 4.621 garages (around £85,000 each). Council’s response: “Auditors found no material issues”

A probe into Lambeth council's valuation of their dwellings by People's Audit Lambeth has found: 674 sheds valued at about £80k each 1,756 car parking spaces at about £98k each 4,621 garages valued at about £85k each The valuations have been uncovered by campaigner Michael Keane on behalf of People's Audit Lambeth during their annual … Continue reading PEOPLE’S AUDIT PROBE FINDS LAMBETH VALUED 674 SHEDS AT AROUND £80,000 EACH plus 1,756 car parking spaces (around £98,000 each) and 4.621 garages (around £85,000 each). Council’s response: “Auditors found no material issues”

LAMBETHWATCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA: “The answer to my Freedom of Information request made no sense”

Peoples Audit‏ @PeoplesAudit Aug 11 From the archive: still no explanation from Lambeth as to how/why their former CEO agreed (privately and without public consultation) to turn over big chunks of the library service to a leisure firm. @lswaffield1 @defendthetenpic.twitter.com/xGRa6IAf0E Laura Swaffield Retweeted John Bird‏@johnbirdswords Aug 13 If you really want to screw the world, then … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA: “The answer to my Freedom of Information request made no sense”

PLANET EARTH – OPINION: Why Lambeth Labour have to scrap the ‘co-operative’ element of the council as soon as possible

The carbon reduction plan doesn't just affect Lambeth. It affects the entire planet. Although the debate on carbon neutrality at Lambeth revolved around plans for that borough, much of the debate was, and is, as relevant to everyone - wherever you live. But this isn't an opinion column about environmental issues, no matter how important … Continue reading PLANET EARTH – OPINION: Why Lambeth Labour have to scrap the ‘co-operative’ element of the council as soon as possible

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