F29: Why lobby the cop-out council

Posted: January 31, 2012 by blackdaffodil in Uncategorized

(c) Guy Smallman


Fight for services!

Fight for jobs!

Fight for the future!


Lobby of Lambeth Council – 29 February 6pm at Lambeth Town Hall

When we lobbied the council last year we shut their meeting down

Spread the word:

  • Let us know you’re coming on facebook
  • Download a leaflet and give it to all your friends
  • Display a poster in your window, and ask your local shops if they’ll display one too


Lambeth’s Labour led council has been spending thousands of pounds of taxpayers money selling us their vision of the Co-Operative council. But, what exactly does this mean?

You will have heard a lot of phrases like:

“shared responsibility for delivering services”.

This just means our communities will have the responsibility to deliver the services for free or they will close.

“Involving the people who use services in their planning and delivery”.

This just means that the Council will tell you what they are going to do after the decisions have already been made and then ignore what you think anyway.

Here are two examples from last year that we can look at to see what we can expect in the future.

A year ago, The Lambeth Resource Centre, a Day Centre for Adults with Physical Disabilities was announced as one of the 12 National Pathfinder pilot projects for becoming a Staff and Service user lead Co-Operative/Mutual.

There was no consultation with staff or service users whatsoever in making this decision and one year on staff and service user involvement is still next to non existent.

No Business Case or Business plan has been produced.

In our Children’s services, the council has closed One-O’Clock Clubs and Adventure Playgrounds. Again, decisions were made without proper consultation with staff or parents or residents. When qualified staff were told they were losing their jobs Council managers said they could come back and work for nothing instead!

Now the council is set to start on Older persons Day Centres, Children’s services, Youth Clubs, Libraries and pretty much everything else.

These morally disgraceful examples show the absolute contempt that this council has for its working class residents.

Steve Reed’s Cop Out Council is implementing untried and untested social experiments and is using the most vulnerable, the most disempowered and disadvantaged people in our communities to test them on.

This is not about improving democratic accountability, increasing people’s involvement in services.

This is not about services being more responsive.

It is about the council walking away from any responsibility for supporting the most needy and vulnerable in our communities – Elderly and Disabled people, people with Mental Health Difficulties and children and young people.

You will hear again and again that “we simply can’t afford it”. “There are tough choices to be made “and “we now live in a world of austerity”.

And, meanwhile of course, the super rich Bankers in the city of London are once more helping themselves to monster bonuses and sitting on the money we gave them to bail them out when they gambled recklessly on the money markets and lost.

Nationally there is money to bomb Afghanistan and Libya and bail out the bankers.  The money is there. This is not about just money.  It is about using the crisis to dismantle the Welfare State.

This is the reality behind Steve Reed’s Co-Operative Council.

Any public service that is outsourced will be a public service gone forever. Any Co Op or Mutual, even if they were to exist, would have to compete in the open market and making a financial surplus would have to be the overarching priority for each service and service quality would come a poor second every time. This is a fight about the very principals of how our society is organised. It is a battle for the principal of a Welfare State.

We need to unite the entire community to fight back against these vicious and vindictive cuts.

Fight for services, delivered free at the point of need, fight for services that support the most needy and vulnerable in our society.

Join us and help us deliver this message to Steve Reed on February 29th.

Bring your friends and bring a banner from YOUR local organisation, school, workplace, college, user group or threatened service.

This lobby is supported by:

Lambeth UNISON
Lambeth Disabled People against Cuts
Lambeth SOS
Lambeth NUT
Lambeth PCS
Lambeth UCU
Lambeth GMB
RMT (Bakerloo Branch)
Lambeth Pensioners Action Group (LAMPAG)

For more information, contact: lambethsaveourservices@gmail.com or Follow us on Twitter @LambethSOS, join in the conversation using #F29 and #Lambeth, find Lambeth SOS on facebook and join our event

  1. […] Lambeth Save Our Services explain why you should lobby the council in February. […]

  2. […] F29: Why lobby the cop-out council […]

  3. Andy Plant says:

    It’s already becoming fairly obvious that the “co-operative council” that gives our elected representatives such a warm feeling in their underwear is primarily a vehicle for shifting provision, but more importantly RESPONSIBILITY for provision away from the council, and onto the shoulders of the borough’s residents.
    Big Steve Reed and his lickspittles and nodding dogs (both in his party and in the others) want to see this happen very badly indeed. It’d reduce at a stroke the number of times they get bad publicity for yet another mess made. For that reason alone, this idiotic idea should be kicked into touch. Don’t play their game. It’ll all go wrong, and you’ll only have yourselves to blame.

  4. […] F29: Why lobby the cop-out council Tags26 March Adventure Playgrounds anti cuts Brixton Budget council cuts Democracy demonstration ESOL friends of libraries jobs Labour Labour Council Labour Party Lambeth Lambeth College Lambeth Council Lambeth Living Lambeth London Borough Council Lambeth SOS Libraries London London Borough of Lambeth march occupation occupylsx Police protest Public housing Rally save our services School Crossings Smiley Culture South London Press Southwark Steve Reed Streatham Strike action Tax Trade union UCU UK Uncut Uncut UNISONEmail Subscription […]

  5. […] will you be on the demonstration against the cop out council on Wednesday 29th February? Email us to let us know Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrintLike […]

  6. […] will you be on the demonstration against the cop out council on Wednesday 29th February? Email us to let us know Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrintLike […]

  7. […] will you be on the demonstration against the cop out council on Wednesday 29th February? Email us to let us know Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrintLike […]

  8. […] will you be on the demonstration against the cop out council on Wednesday 29th February? Email us to let us know Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrintLike […]