GRANT-AIDED INCOME FOR CARNEGIE LIBRARY?
Lambeth council have come up with a stunning new wheeze to fund Carnegie library at Herne Hill: GRANT-AIDED INCOME!!!!
(For the benefit of new readers – Welcome- Lambeth council cannot afford to fund Carnegie library so they have allowed Greenwich Leisure to build a gym in the library’s basement – and have it rent free until 2022.)
So what’s grant-aided income? No idea. Try to ‘Google’ the phrase and it doesn’t come up.
Grant-aided means being given financial assistance by an organisation. So Lambeth council give loadsamoney -which they haven’t got to – er – Greenwich Leisure? Who then give it to the Carnegie Community Trust??????
There’s also Grant Aided Expenditure (GAE) This is a figure that is calculated by the Scottish Government for each council. It assesses the council’s ‘need to spend’ in comparison to other councils. Now there’s an idea…….
Officers are also considering early closing of the planned gym – 6pm on both Saturdays and Sundays.
“IT’S CRITICAL TO VALUE THE EXPERTISE AND INSIGHT OF LIBRARY USER GROUPS” – LAMBETH LABOUR COUNCILLORS
“We believe it’s the close involvement of the community in taking decisions about the future of their libraries that has helped us find such a positive waY forward.….Consultation needs to be properly planned and resourced, and councils need to ensure that their best officers are an integral part of the consultation team.
“It’s critical to value the expertise and insight of user groups, even if they are representative of some sections of the community and not others.
“Our library ’friends’ groups are overwhelmingly white, middle aged and middle class, and predominantly female, and many are retired.”
The above comments are from two Lambeth Labour councillors – Steve Reed (now Croydon North MP) and Sally Prentice in an article for the Fabian Society Review back in July 2012. (Article headed: “Creating co-operative libraries”
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Back in February 2015 Aurelie Hulse sent the following Freedom of Information request to Lambeth council:
“On behalf of the Knight’s Walk group, I am submitting a freedom of information request regarding the process by which Knight’s Walk, part of the Cotton Gardens Estate, was selected as an area for ‘regeneration’.
“I would like to know the criteria that Lambeth used to assess our estate and would like to receive any documentation regarding this. Yours faithfully, Aurelie Hulse”
Lambeth’s response? To send a copy of a whole report – ‘Building the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth’ presented to the cabinet meeting on 8th December 2014…and nothing else. (Source: whatdotheyknow website)
Further reading: ‘Where will we live?’ – new play explores London’s gentrification crisis by Elisabeth Winkler The Guardian Monday 23 November 2015….which features Aurelie Hulse as a character.