On the 23rd February Lambeth Council meets in full to vote on its proposed budget and we, Lambeth Save Our Services, will be protesting against it, just as we did on the 7th February when hundreds protested at the last cabinet meeting.
What is getting cut?
Almost every council service, anything up to 1000 council workers, 25% of all staff, this includes:
- The entire park ranger service
- The entire school crossing patrol service which serves 24 schools
- More cuts in Children’s Services
- Libraries budget slashed – staff cut, Nettlefold hall closed, four of nine libraries under cuts consultation
- Discretionary freedom passes for adults with mental health problems
- Regeneration schemes on housing estates
- Cuts and privatisation in adult social care
- Lambeth and Lewisham Colleges to merge – massive cuts to local education
- Reduction in highway maintenance levels and potholes
- Rent rises whilst there are less staff to keep estates safe, clean and in decent state of repair
- Maintenance of the borough’s parks, cemeteries and crematoria is to be scaled back.
- Street cleaning levels reduced
- Many cultural events scrapped
- Three out of four Public toilets to close
- Noise nuisance service
- Reduction in the Faith Engagement Programme, which helps to support events such as Holocaust Memorial Day and Peace on the Streets and other community events and projects.
- Any much more. For more info see the council website (400+ pages!) or check this websites for Cutswatch updates
Most importantly Lambeth SOS believes that our local democratic representatives – councillors – should not implement government cuts they openly disagree with. Lambeth Labour, who run Lambeth Council, admit that the government cuts to the budget are ideological. We agree – these are cuts made by a Conservative (and Liberal) government made up of millionaires who believe huge public service cuts and big business are the way forward.