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Lambeth electricity bill: meter still running

Lambeth electricity bill: meter still running

The furore over Lambeth’s unpaid electricity bill is growing, as the details emerge in the Standard about what actually happened: Lambeth failed to seek payment from tenants through their rents for thousands of unmetered street lights on its council estates since 2003, leaving it with an estimated bill of £658,000. It is now trying to [...]

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Last week’s round up

We were away for most of last week and we’re just catching up. Here’s what we missed last week: Blackfriars station is closing for two months from 20 November (though trains will still run through it) as part of the Thameslink upgrade works. And there’s also asuggestion from LibDem Simon Hughes that the station should [...]

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Brockwell Park and Streatham fireworks up in smoke

We’ve been dreading this day since we moved to Lambeth frankly, and not it has come: Free firework displays on Streatham Common and Brockwell Park axed in bid to save cash (From Streatham Guardian): Lambeth Council announced on Thursday Brockwell Park and Streatham Common displays will not go ahead on November 5 due to “financial considerations.” [...]

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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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Steve Reed lays into LibDems in emergency budget debate

Steve Reed lays into LibDems in emergency budget debate

The headline to our post probably encourages you to say “well, duh, of course he did.” But last night Steve Reed, the Labour leader of Lambeth Council, came out with all guns blazing to excoriate the LibDems for their support of the national cuts agenda, and to demand that Lambeth’s LibDems follow the example of [...]

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Lambeth councillors clash over job cuts

Lambeth councillors John Whelan (Con) and Paul McGlone (Lab, cabinet member for finance) are having a bit of a ding-dong over cuts to council jobs – and a rather terrifying number has emerged as a result. Political row over ‘thousands of Lambeth Council job losses’ (From This Is Local London): A senior council source revealed [...]

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Lewisham launches cuts consultation

Lewisham launches cuts consultation

Lewisham Council is seeking its residents’ thoughts on cutting the budget over the next three years: Lewisham Council – Our Lewisham, our say: Over the last three years, Lewisham Council has saved around £26 million by cutting waste and becoming more efficient. Over the next three years cuts in national Government funding are likely to [...]

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Lambeth to cut young people’s voluntary sector funding

Lambeth to cut young people’s voluntary sector funding

Third Sector is reporting that Lambeth has already decided to cut voluntary sector funding for young people’s services by up to a third, as part of its plans to cut over £60 million over the next three years: “As a result, up to 35 per cent of the funding for voluntary organisations supporting young people [...]

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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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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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