BBijt35CIAA4qkfLambeth Council have announced cuts to our Library Service:

  • Half of Lambeth’s Libraries under threat of closure
  • Immediate sell-off of Minet and Waterloo Libraries
  • Funding stopped to Carnegie, Durning and Upper Norwood Libraries
  •  Reduce size of West Norwood and Brixton Libraries
  •  Replace Libraries with bookshelves in pubs
From Saturday 7 February, we are asking people to fill out pages of our Save Libraries Book – “Save Our Libraries Because” with the reason they think Lambeth should save our libraries. If you can come to the library, come to the library — if the council have their way it won’t be a library much longer:

 


Saturday 7 February
3pm – 5pm
Minet Library, Knatchbull Road

If you can’t make it down to the Minet Library, you can still tweet a photo to Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member responsible for Libraries (@JaneEdbrooke) and your local MP with the hashtag ‪#‎SaveLibraries. If you do not have a twitter account, send the photo to us at Save Lambeth Libraries and we will send it out for you.
  • Take a big piece of paper
  • Write “Save Our Libraries Because…” across the top
  • Fill in your reason – it can be something you’ve written, a quote or a picture
  • Send us a photo of yourself holding your “Save Our Libraries Because…” page, tweet it, post it…

You can read the full press release here, or download a pdf: PRESS RELEASE Library Workers Accuse Council of Insult to National Libraries Day after Cuts and Closures Announcement

We also hope you will write to your councillors and MP, and join us in protest as the council decides the budget on 25 March:

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Two events have been called at Minet Library at Myatt’s Park, this Saturday, National Libraries Day, in response to controversial plans by the council to shut Libraries.

Lambeth Council is planning to sell the Minet and Waterloo Libraries.  Funding will also be stopped for Durning, Carnegie and Upper Norwood Library. If community groups do not come forward to take over Durning, Carnegie and Upper Norwood Library, they too may face closure.

Ruth Cashman, Unison Representative for Lambeth Libraries commented;

“Library staff and our Library Friends Groups have been gearing up for a huge membership and publicity drive around National Libraries Day and now we find out the Council has announced plans which threaten half of the borough’s Libraries. Frankly, it’s a slap in the face to library staff, our Friends of Libraries Groups and the communities we serve. We now know exactly what the long-running and costly Cooperative Libraries project was, an attack on a comprehensive public library service across the borough. Labour was reelected boasting that it kept all our libraries open, where is that commitment to the service’s future now?”

Lambeth Council launched the Cooperative Libraries initiative as part of its Cooperative Council Plans. Outlining the plans for the Cooperative Libraries Project in November 2011, Councillor Steve Reed, then Leader of Lambeth Council said;

“I’m excited about the future for Lambeth’s libraries.  While other boroughs have been forced to close libraries thanks to Government funding cuts, thanks to Labour in Lambeth  our library service is now secure for the future.”

UNISON say they will work with the community to fight the Council’s proposals.

The Save Lambeth Libraries campaign have called an event called “Save Our Library Because…” at Minet Library, at 3pm on Saturday 7 February, World Libraries Day. This is followed by a candle lit vigil in Myatt’s Field Park to protest both Library cuts and 50% cuts to the Park, called by the Myatt’s Field Hub.

The Save Lambeth Libraries campaign have called on everyone unable to attend the events to tweet their support for their libraries. Their Facebook Page states

“We are asking people who cannot make it down to the events to tweet a photo to Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member responsible for Libraries (@JaneEdbrooke) and your local MP with the hashtag ‪#‎SaveLibraries. If you do not have a twitter account, send the photo to us at Save Lambeth Libraries and we will send it out for you. ‬

  • Take a big piece of paper
  • Write “Save Our Libraries Because…” across the top
  • Fill in your reason – it can be something you’ve written, a quote or a picture
  • Send us a photo of yourself holding your “Save Our Libraries Because…” page, tweet it, post it…”

ENDS

Download pdf version: PRESS RELEASE Library Workers Accuse Council of Insult to National Libraries Day after Cuts and Closures Announcement

Energy Rights Workshop

Posted: July 5, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Housing
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Reposted from Housing Action for Southwark and Lambeth

Join HASL and Fuel Poverty Action on Tuesday 8th July, 6.30pm at Art Nouveau, 77 Atlantic Road, Brixton, SW9 8PU to learn about our energy rights, how we can enforce these, and how we can take action together for warm homes for all.

It’s summer – but people are struggling to pay rip-off energy bills year round and with winter around the corner, it’s a good time to get clued up on our rights, how we can support each other with our energy issues, and discuss what action we can take together to combat fuel poverty in our communities. A recent article in a Glasgow newspaper showed that people visiting the local food bank were using camping stoves indoors to cook food because they couldn’t afford their gas and electric bills. People cannot afford to cook their food and lives are endangered as people resort to desperate measures such as camping stoves to get warm food.

Please find our poster below and spread the word!

hasl poster

Reposted from Lambeth Housing Activists

Picture credit, Urban75 - http://bit.ly/T3TDwy

Picture credit Urban75

The Guinness Trust is redeveloping its Brixton estate. Residents of the existing estate will be rehoused in new (smaller) flats, but those with Assured Shorthold Tenancies will be thrown out of their existing homes with no guarantee of rehousing by the Guinness Trust

Lambeth Housing Activists will be holding a protest this Friday to demand the Assured Shorthold Tenants are rehoused when the estate is redeveloped

Protest – Rehouse Guinness’ Shorthold Tenants
Friday 4th July, 3:30pm
Outside the Housing Office on the Guinness Trust estate, off Loughborough Road, SW9 8NL

Lambeth Housing Activists will be leafleting the estate to try to get support for this protest.

Leafletting – Support the Shorthold Tenants
Tuesday 1st July, from 5:45pm
Meet outside the Housing Office on the Guinness Trust estate

(if you’re running late ring Bill on 07412 699423)

Reposted from Lambeth Housing Activists

Picture credit, Urban75 - http://bit.ly/T3TDwy

Picture credit Urban75

People from Lambeth Housing Activists will be out this afternoon campaigning for a fair deal for Assured Shorthold Tenants on the Guinness Trust estate

Leafletting – Support Guinness Trust Shorthold Tenants
Saturday 28th June 2014, 4pm
Meet at the clock tower on the estate

You can download the leaflet we were handing out here

If people can make this event it would be great to see them. If you can’t make it, but still want to help out please contact Lambeth Housing Activists

Reposted from Lambeth Housing Activists

Housing Activists Film Night
Saturday 26th April, 7:30pm
St Matthew’s Tenants Hall, 10 St Matthews Road, Brixton, SW2 1NH
Let us know you’re coming on facebook

A night of films celebrating the struggle for decent housing in our communities (part of the Radical Housing Weekender).

As the housing crisis in the capital deepens – with homelessness on the rise, one in ten London homes overcrowded, rents far outstripping earnings, and private landlords running amok – join us at St. Matthew’s Tenants Hall for a reminder of what can be achieved through collective action against these problems.

We will be showing a series of short films which give an insight into housing activism, past and present, and aim to provide acknowledgement and encouragement both to those who are precariously housed and those fighting to combat this social ill.

The films will show contemporary projects, such as the campaign to save and expand social housing in Cressingham Gardens, and inspirational historical examples, such as the co-operative living spaces established by the Brixton Faeries in the 1970s.

In addition to the short film screenings, there will be an opportunity to hear from activists and local residents and, most importantly, for discussion. There will be people from a number of different housing campaigning organizations in Brixton the E15 mothers a group of 29 young mothers organising’ to stop the hostel they live in being closed are coming to say a bit about their campaign. We will more during the week.

The films should be interesting but just as important is the opportunity for us all to spend some time socializing and having fun.

There are drinks at the bar.

Support a HASL Member affected by the Bedroom Tax

Posted: April 18, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!, Housing
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Reposted from Housing Action for Southwark and Lambeth

Come and show support for a HASL member’s bedroom tax refund. We’ve had enough of being messed around by the housing office!

Join us on Friday 25th April, 11:50am meeting outside Brixton Customer Centre, Olive Morris House, Brixton Hill. Bring friends, family, neighbours!

Ellen is due a refund of the bedroom tax that she has been forced to pay for a year now, as she meets the criteria for the bedroom tax loophole. However, the housing office have not been all that helpful in getting this refund back to her.

The housing office have taken over a month to respond to our appeal letter and we only received the unfavourable response after chasing them up about this. The response gave very little detail or evidence of why this negative decision had been made.

The bedroom tax (one of many brutal welfare and housing cuts) is causing great hardship to the hundreds of thousands of people it is affecting. The refund offers a tiny respite from this stress and suffering by returning a small sum of money that should never have been taken off of them in the first place. It takes little effort from the council and will make a huge different to the people who receive it.

Join us to make our challenge at the housing office to demand the bedroom tax refund for Ellen and that our dealings with the housing office to be met with more respect.

Axe the Bedroom Tax

Posted: April 13, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Housing, Media attention
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Lambeth Save Our Services was one of 25 organisations who signed this letter that was published in last week’s South London Press

SLP letter

Thanks to all who attended the Save Brixton College protest. Over one hundred people attended and we got a write up almost immediately on the Brixton Blog and in the Brixton Buzz. The coverage in the South London Press took longer coming, but they did cover the demonstration in the paper that came out of Friday 4th April.

SLP on college

Reposted from Housing Action for Southwark and Lambeth

Protest – No To Clapham Park Evictions
Monday 31st March, 11.30 am
Clapham Park Offices, 91 New Park Road, SW2 4AX

Organised by Lambeth Housing Activists

What would you do if suddenly you and your family were forced out of your home after three years? Would you allow landlords to kick you down and let the council leave you to rot in temporary accommodation miles from your community? Would you stand up? Then stand up with us too!

Join us and Lambeth Housing Activists to support a recently evicted tenant to make a public complaint to Metropolitan Homes and Lambeth Council – we ask, why should a family be evicted from their home and yet the flat remains empty? Why is there a shortage of quality, secure, and truly affordable housing in Lambeth?

What are the priorities of this council and these landlords? Housing for homes, not as assets! Stop the gentrification of Brixton!

[UPDATE: Metropolitan backed down on 4th April and agreed to rehouse Ester in Clapham Park. More details here. Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign]