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Bailiffs a thing of the past for Lambeth’s most vulnerable residents

Lambeth’s poorest residents have been protected from bailiffs thanks to the council’s debt strategy, launched last year. One year into Lambeth Council’s Income and Debt Strategy, which included measures to help residents in receipt of Council Tax Support – the use of bailiffs has been completely eradicated against this vulnerable group, court summons have reduced … Continue reading

Ex council worker caught out by Lambeth fraud team

A former Lambeth Council employee Catherine Devin has been prosecuted by the council for failing to declare receipt of a private pension when claiming benefits. Devin, 63 of Britannia Close, Clapham made a claim for housing benefits in early 2004, several weeks after first receiving a private pension in excess of £200 per month from … Continue reading

Brixton fraudster caught out by cash at Heathrow

A 46 year old Brixton man has been successfully prosecuted by Lambeth Council for benefit fraud after he was stopped at Heathrow Airport carrying thousands of dollars. Esayas Temesgen, of Vining Street, had left the UK in March 2013 but was stopped at the airport on his return in August that year with 8,000 US … Continue reading

Streatham man sentenced for benefit fraud

A 44 year old Streatham man’s been convicted of benefit fraud after claiming he was in receipt of sick pay for four years even though he was working. Yahya Serar, of Amesbury Avenue, Leigham Court Estate, was receiving benefits in 2009 as a result of his being off sick from work. He failed to inform … Continue reading

Council joins forces with national charities to lobby Government on crisis support cuts

Lambeth Council and nine charities working in the borough have signed a joint letter calling on the Government to reverse its decision to scrap funding designed to help people facing hardship. Last year the grant, known as Local Welfare Assistance, was worth £1.9m to Lambeth and was used to help residents on the brink of … Continue reading

Lambeth working with CAB to streamline advice services

In just three months between August and October, nearly 3000 people have been able to get advice through the pilot One Lambeth Advice service, run in partnership between Lambeth council and the Merton & Lambeth Citizens Advice Bureau (MLCAB). The scheme is set to be expanded across the borough, making it easier for more people … Continue reading

Lambeth warns cuts to welfare could end up costing more

Lambeth Council says government plans to end Local Welfare Assistance schemes are unfair, unworkable and likely to create significant problems. In a letter prefacing the council’s formal submission to the Department for Work and Pensions, Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy council leader, said: “The likely increase in food and fuel poverty, homelessness, re-offending, debt, illness and … Continue reading

Lambeth calls on government to step up pressure on payday loan sites

Lambeth council is urging the government to press public Wi-fi  providers to block access to payday loan sites, in the same way that it’s acted to protect children from accessing inappropriate adult content. Cllr Paul McGlone, Cabinet member for Finance has written to culture minister Ed Vaizey asking him to help  “…protect adults from payday … Continue reading

33% rise in Lambeth call centre demand following government benefit cuts

New figures published today (07.05.2013) by Lambeth Council have provided some of the earliest indications about the impact of the government’s benefit cuts. Since the government’s benefit cuts took effect on 1st April 2013 there has been a: 33% increase in the number of calls received by Lambeth’s revenues & benefits call centre in March … Continue reading

Lambeth steps up public awareness campaign on benefit cuts

Lambeth council have launched a major new phase of their campaign today to raise awareness amongst residents of the impact of the government’s cuts to benefits. On Friday 15th February 2013 Lambeth council is writing directly to 36,000 households who currently receive council tax benefit to warn them about changes to the support they currently … Continue reading

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