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Steve Reed up before the beak

Steve Reed up before the beak

Labour leader in Lambeth Steve Reed is facing a misconduct charge today, when Lambeth’s standard’s committee considers a complaint from Betty Evans-Jacas about his alleged behaviour when she jumped from Labour to Tories prior to last May’s local elections: Lambeth Council leader faces misconduct charge (From Your Local Guardian): Disciplinary action, including the suspension of [...]

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South London cuts: the protests are spreading

They’re sporadic and hardly closely-planned, but protests against the cuts which are coming to local government in South London are spreading. We thought it’d be useful to round up the latest protests in one place: July 13: Brockley Central proposes setting up a group to defend the Crofton Park Library against planned cuts in Lewisham. [...]

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Gove the playground destroyer

He might have given some cheer with news of school-building money for secondaries in Lambeth, but the Michael Gove axe has fallen elsewhere – this time on playgrounds. BBC News – Hundreds of playground schemes mothballed: Education Secretary Michael Gove has frozen grants to 122 councils for building and running up to 1,300 schemes, many [...]

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Lambeth’s cooperative council meeting

Lambeth’s cooperative council meeting

We missed the Lambeth cooperative council meeting as we headed off on holiday, but we thought it’d be worth rounding up what people are saying about it online. But then we found that not many people had said anything at all. Over on Brixton Blog, guest blogger Kaye Wiggins said that most people in the [...]

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Elephant & Castle: LibDems refer deal to the District Auditor

Elephant & Castle: LibDems refer deal to the District Auditor

If you thought the interminable process of getting development moving at Elephant and Castle had been ended by last month’s signature of a deal between Southwark Council and LendLease, think again. Southwark’s LibDems will, according to councillor for East Dulwich James Barber, refer the deal to the District Auditor. James Barber | Elephant & Castle [...]

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Cuts: Southwark joins the party

Lewisham and Lambeth have both begun the process of getting us used to the idea of drastically cut council services – and now it’s Southwark’s turn, with a letter to central government, a council document, and a process to reach out to the community: Leader begins borough-wide cuts debate – Southwark Council: On Tuesday 20 [...]

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Reed “considering legal challenge” on BSF

Steve Reed has confirmed that Lambeth is actively considering a legal challenge to the Education Secretary Michael Gove’s decision to cancel all Lambeth’s Building Schools for the Future projects. This from his blog post -┬áLib Dems and Tories destroy new school plans: Lambeth is considering a legal challenge after the Tory-Lib Dem Government announced plans [...]

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Lambeth’s Co-op Commission appointed

Lambeth has announced the great-and-good who will sit on its Cooperative Commission, and it’s a pretty strong list: Polly Toynbee, journalist and commentator Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive of the charity Turning Point Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts Srabani Sen, chief executive of Contact a Family Martin Green, chief executive [...]

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Lambeth’s emergency budget

Lambeth’s emergency budget

Following Lewisham’s paper on potential cuts in the borough which we reported on a couple of weeks ago, Lambeth’s upcoming cabinet meeting on July 26 will discuss an emergency budget paper of its own (we’ve uploaded it to our public documents area here). The paper discusses the “immense challenge facing local government” in the face [...]

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Lambeth produces new Cooperative Council document

Lambeth produces new Cooperative Council document

In an attempt to reach out to a broader constituency than the slightly obsessive blogosphere (ie, us), Lambeth had produced a summary document for its cooperative council plans. Unfortunately, it’s a bit hard to find – the link is pretty hidden on the side of the page which the council’s Twitter account linked to today. [...]

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