Wednesday 31 March 2010 10.40am
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.
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