LABOUR REGIMES IN LAMBETH BLAMED FOR FINANCIAL ‘TIME BOMBS’
2 November, 1994 
In the second of its reports on Lambeth LBC, BBC Radio Four’s Today programme [!] looked at the problems the borough has in combating fraud and sorting out its finances.
‘Lambeth is in a catastrophic financial position’, Liberal Democrat spokesman Keith
Fitchett told the programme. it faces ‘a collection of financial time bombs left by the
last Labour administrations’, he said.
But officers and members who have attempted to crack down on fraud have been threatened, Today reported. Director of housing Peter Camp had been assaulted and his wife and young daughter threatened.
Former leader Linda Bellos and former chief executive Herman Ouseley also encountered
threats and intimidation when they tried to clean up the borough.
Conservative group leader Hugh Jones told the programme Lambeth got into a mess when the far left administrations in the 1980s were distracted by political issues and did not pay
attention to ensuring the council carried out its job properly.
By 1992 Lambeth’s rent and rate arrears totalled £173m. For eight years the council did
not close its accounts and so did not know its true financial position, the programme
It has now started making the 120 changes recommended by its auditor: £5m has been cut
from rent arrears, internal audit has been strengthened and the accounts for the last
seven years closed. But Lambeth still has the lowest council tax collection rate in the
It is now a hung council, but Labour leader Jim Dixon told the programme the parties must work together to sort out the borough’s problems.
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