LAMBETH SLAMMED OVER PEOPLE’S AUDIT REPORT
Lambeth’s Green party councillor Scott Ainslie is calling for a fundamental change in the culture of Lambeth council after a year-long investigation by Lambeth Peoples’ Audit revealed “extensive financial mismanagement and failings in financial governance potentially costing millions of pounds.”
Cllr Ainslie said: “From their own dealings with the council, people in Lambeth have long known something is wrong with the way Lambeth council is governed.
“Now ordinary residents have taken things into their own hands and shone a spotlight on Lambeth’s finances.
“The evidence they have found suggests a staggering lack of financial control by Lambeth Labour.
“It appears that Labour in Lambeth, while facing deep austerity cuts from the failing Conservative government, is making matters worse by wasting millions of pounds through a lack of control over what it spends locally.
“This money really matters – it could be keeping libraries and youth services open and properly maintaining and refurbishing council homes, instead of demolishing them on Cressingham Gardens, Central Hill and other estates.
“The report also raises serious concerns about Lambeth Labour’s ability to get value for money in its dealings with private developers and contractors, which is particularly worrying at a time when Lambeth is entering into property deals with the private sector worth many millions of pounds.
“And perhaps most worrying of all, in the light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, is the question of whether residents can be confident their homes are safe when the Peoples’ Audit shows Lambeth Labour’s building works inspection regimes are ‘at best inadequate, and possibly non-existent.’?
“This is a massive wake-up call. “The complacency at the top of Lambeth Labour has to end.
“People deserve much, much better from their council.”
“THIS INDEPENDENT REPORT FINALLY KILLS OFF THIS EXCUSE THAT ALL THESE POOR DECISIONS ARE SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT”
“I am very glad that the People’s Audit has finally come round to agreeing with what the Conservative opposition councillors have been saying for three years – that the waste and mismanagement by Labour-Lambeth is avoidable” says Lambeth’s Conservative opposition leader.
Cllr Tim Briggs says all scrutiny of Labour councillors is very, very welcome.
“I cannot tell you how many times over the last three years I have heard residents say to Labour councillors something to the effect of – ‘We know that the evil Tories from central government have cut your funding, but why have you decided to demolish our homes, or close libraries, or get rid of tenants or leasehold Council’ – you can insert your own issue.
“This independent report finally kills off this excuse that all of these poor decisions are someone else’s fault, and that less funding somehow means that Labour-Lambeth can no longer listen to residents, or run services properly, all of which has now driven Lambeth to being the 29th poorest borough in the country.”