People’s Audit of Lewisham Council’s accounts is open now

Like all local authorities, the London Borough of Lewisham accounts must be audited. Parliament has decided that there should be an opportunity for any one interested to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all relevant documents, as stipulated in Section 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Lewisham Council’s draft accounts …

Freedom of Information delays at Lewisham Council

The latest performance statistics for answering Freedom of Information requests has been released by Lewisham Council. Less than half of the requests were completed on time. The Council received 1,506 FOI requests and completed 701 on time and this equates to 47%. Lewisham Council hit the headlines when a report by the Campaign for Freedom …

Mais House case continues to appeal

Following the handing down of a High Court Judgment by Mr Justice Fordham on Monday, 11th June, in the long running, planning application by the City of London Corporation to Lewisham Council concerning a site on Sydenham Hill, London, Mais House, the Friends of Mais House have issued a statement. They say: “The Friends of …

Judgment for Lewisham

Following a hearing at the High Court in London that lasted a whole day on 9th June 2022, Mr Justice Fordham has dismissed a legal challenge against the decision of Lewisham Council to grant planning permission for the development of Mais House, a former sheltered housing block for the elderly on the top of Sydenham …

Lewisham ‘Demands Better’

Lewisham trade unionists have been on the march. The Trade Union Council, TUC, co-ordinated a march and rally on Saturday, 18th June 2022 where tens of thousands took to the streets of central London to ‘Demand Better’. TUC General Secretary, Frances O’ Grady said that the pressures facing households are getting worse. It now costs …

Rwanda deportation should stop says ECHR

READ THE ECHR PRESS RELEASE IN FULL “Never again” was the refrain during and after the Second World War. It was through the bloodshed and carnage of war that the idea for an agreement or convention on human rights was formed. No government would be allowed to dehumanise and abuse people’s rights with impunity, and …

Lewisham Council finally publish planning cash statement

Lewisham Council has finally published its Infrastructure Funding Statement for 2020/21. This document outlines what money the local planning authority – Lewisham Council in this case – receive from developers in contributions. A contribution means any Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or money or in-kind for works received from a Section 106 agreement. Section 106 agreements …

Questions over deselections at Lewisham Council

Two former Lewisham Councillors have published copies of their letters to the Speaker of Lewisham Council ahead of the council’s AGM tonight, Wednesday, 25th May 2022. Caroline Kalu who represented Evelyn Ward – named after John Evelyn the famous diarist – for the Labour Party until this May’s election has claimed that she was effectively …

Ban Conversion Therapy

Following an outcry by LGBTQA+ campaigners, former Lewisham Councillor Alan Hall has joined campaigners in calling for a comprehensive conversion therapy ban saying: “A ban on conversion practices must cover both sexual orientation and gender identity.Trans people are twice as likely to be subjected to or offered conversion practices as non-trans(cisgender) lesbian, gay or bi …

Lewisham Labour Manifesto 2022

Lewisham Labour has released a colourful and well designed manifesto document for the 2022 local elections. If, as widely tipped, the Labour Party retain control of Lewisham Council, this document will form the basis of the new administration’s corporate plan for the next four years. In terms of governance, there are a few points to …