Lambeth’s persecution of Housing Co-op residents exposed

by More Street Cleaning and less Social Cleansing, please

Lambeth’s gutter tactics, with regard to the eviction and forced rehousing of the borough’s Housing Co-ops, is finally laid bare.

In the email below, Councillor O’Malley says she: “heard a statement from a senior housing officer that ‘Housing’ continues to pursue a policy for ‘short-life’ residents that is focused on making life difficult for them so that they ‘go away'”.

So, is that official council policy then?

All we need now is someone in the planning department to confirm that there’s a ‘policy’ to ignore listed building status and allow developers free rein to gut the houses of their/our history…

Helen O’Malley has been the single Labour councillor to openly support the Co-ops, trying to, variously, have the recall halted and trying to make sure residents are treated fairly.  For her troubles (?) she has been deselected by the Labour’s campaign Forum group (I think that’s what it’s called) under less-than-salubrious circumstances.

The behaviour shown by the campaign Forum group to Helen O’Malley, is so similar to the treatment shown to Co-op residents by Lambeth’s Labour administration, that it suggests that Labour may have an inherent antipathy towards Co-ops.

An email, sent from Councillor O’Malley to Sue Foster:

Subject: RE: Charmain Lodge “short-life” tenant due to be evicted

Dear Sue
Dear Pete
Re. Clapham Town Resident Charmaine Lodge
Both Cllr Robbins and myself recently heard a statement from a senior housing officer that ‘Housing’ continues to pursue a policy for ‘short-life’ residents that is focused on making life difficult for them so that they ‘go away’. As ward councillor, I have asked repeatedly that Lambeth begin to treat its residents with fairness, compassion and professionalism.
The case of Charmaine Lodge is the next example where Lambeth do not work with these residents with care and justice. The ‘Councillor call for Action’ asked that this savage policy be reversed.
I must ask that Charmaine Lodge’s situation is properly evaluated and that Lambeth, her landlords, resolve this situation with detailed and accurate action. It is beyond any acceptable practise that even the eviction date is questionable.
Please will you take action to ensure the wellbeing of this resident.
Helen
Cllr Helen O’Malley
Clapham Town Ward

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