“NO POLITICAL OFFICE STAFF IN LAMBETH” – OR ARE THERE?
In response to the following Freedom of Information request:
Please state number of political office staff currently employed by Lambeth council.
Please state what their individual annual salaries before tax currently are. Not requesting any names.
Lambeth council have responded: “There are no political office staff employed by Lambeth council and consequently, we cannot provide any comment on posts that do not exist within the council’s organisational structure.”
Conservative opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs says: “If you look at the appendix for our alternative budget which has all the communications dept spend £350,000 is spent on council officers for Lib Peck’s office and Labour councillors – advisors, assistants, admin and office staff.
“They are not called political officers. “Political staff would be people like special advisors paid for by the party in power. “In Lambeth these people are not Labour officers, they are paid for by taxpayers.
“So £350k a year for support staff for the Labour administration and for Labour councillors. “We get £0, Scott (Ainslie, Green party councillor) gets £0 and £1.5 for the communications team spinning Labour lines and blaming the Tories.”
PS: A further Freedom of Information request asked for the dates of contracts signed by Lambeth council and Greenwich Leisure over the Carnegie library, Herne Hill and the Minet library, Knatchbull Road SE5.
Back came this FOI reply: “The council has not yet signed any agreements with GLL for either building known as Carnegie or Minet.”
Or, as a Lambeth council press officer told News From Crystal Palace last week: “Specific agreements relating to particular local arrangements and individual buildings are still under negotiation.”
LABOUR CANVASSERS NOT WELCOME
News From Crystal Palace hears that the other Sunday Labour canvassers visited Central Hill estate to drum up support for the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood and were basically told they were not welcome and / or to ‘sling their hook.’
Canvassers reportedly included Gipsy Hill ward councillors Matthew Bennett and Jennifer Brathwaite.
This was days after both had attended a meeting of Lambeth council’s overview and scrutiny committee which upheld a decision…to demolish Central Hill estate.
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON…..
Meanwhile Lambeth council are continuing with their tiresome policy of removing yellow ribbons, messages, and quotes from various people from the railings outside the Carnegie library. Which are replaced within hours of them being removed.
News From Crystal Palace wonders how much money has been budgeted for this continuing action until the financial year ends next March 31st. And from which committee budget the money is coming from.
Defend The Ten have re-tweeted the following from the Peoples Audit on their Twitter website:
“Lambeth council spent £2,192 at the Electric Social nightclub”. Meanwhile librararies were being slashed to save money #toughchoices
From a Labour party website:
“When our children ask us why their library has closed down – what will we tell them?”