Gavin Smith wrote:The real difficulty here is that Lambeth has trouble keeping its own house in order and its services are amongst the worst in the country.
graham wrote:Lambeth did an unannounced total stock transfer of all council housing days after the 2006 election, then failed to get an expected £11m grant from central govt.
Leader of Lambeth wrote in a letter to tenants earlier this month
"If rents don't go up, the council will have to make a £9 million of cuts to your services. Without the rent rise, the cuts could mean:
* All CCTV switched off and safety patrols removed
* Repairs cancelled
* Estates getting dirtier with less cleaning
* Homes left damp and unheated
* Much longer waiting times when you phone the call centre
We know you don't want cuts like that. So, from April, your rent will increase by more than usual."
More in Inside Housing (Feb 2009)
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