In Labour-controlled Lambeth 450 jobs are to go. The biggest cuts are planned in Children and Young Persons’ Services.
In addition the council is pressing ahead with plans to invite residents to “run their own services” in return for a council tax rebate. The “cooperative council” idea is one which 115 leaders in Labour-controlled authorities have signed up to. In some areas the idea means nothing more than an extra credit union. In Lambeth the council plans are more radical.
Lambeth council unions are predicting large scale privatisation and further job cuts, as firms are brough in to “advise” residents and implement proposals and volunteers replace trained staff.
The Unison branch is committed to defend every job — to reject voluntary redundancies, defend agency staff, and prepare to take strike action.
In the meantime a Lambeth Save Our Services campaign has been set up to oppose job and service cuts.
The group will meet after a lobby of the Council Cabinet on 26 July.