Two South London hospitals have been forced to pay £15 million to a private company after it lost the bid to supply their pathology services. Serco’s annual accounts revealed a £15 million payout from King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in May 2020.Read more
Rugby players are planning to make a gruelling 80 mile trek from South London to Portsmouth to raise money for cancer – in 32 hours. On the morning of May 29, 63 brave walkers will set off from Guy’s Hospital Cancer Care Centre and are hoping to arrive at Portsmouth Rugby Club by the following evening.Read more
Lambeth Council has approved plans to pay back tenants up to £26.55 million for overcharged water bills. About 23,000 current tenants and more than 12,000 former tenants could benefit. Last October the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kingston Council after it was ruled to have overcharged tenants when supplying water.Read more
A six-year-old who raised more than £1.5m last year for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, has raised another £76,000 by taking part in the Captain Tom 100 challenge. Tony Hudgell set out to walk 100 steps on his prosthetic legs without the aid of his crutches – he smashed his target and walked more than 500 steps.Read more
South London schools will miss out on almost £4 million of funding for disadvantaged kids after the government changed their policy.
Schools receive £1,345 for every primary age pupil or £955 for every secondary age pupil who claim free school meals to help them with their progress and improve their exam results.
Michael Groce has launched a project to improve police and community relations through workshops, public meetings and fact sheets. Social enterprise Rooted and Booted have created Pass the Baton, which aims to reduce violence against the police through educating the community about what to expect during enquiries or arrest.Read more
Hundreds of people are counting the cost of strong winds which have blown down trees and fences and caused thousands of pounds of damage. Gales of up to 50 miles an hour have swept across South London uprooting many landmark trees which have been there for decades.Read more
A leading doctor has warned that regular Covid-19 testing is “here for the long term”, as he embarks on a nationwide rollout of clinics to meet huge demand for private tests. Professor Frank Joseph, director of DAM Health UK, launched his first Covid-19 in Clapham last week. Professor Joseph said: “Testing is now a way of life.”Read more
South London leaseholders caught up in the cladding scandal are selling their furniture to keep up with huge bills. The rapid spread of the 2017 Grenfell fire, which claimed 72 lives, was found to be caused by dangerous cladding. Now laws designed to make sure combustible cladding and other fire hazards are removed from buildings have left leaseholders facing tens of thousands of pounds in costs.Read more
An app which mobilised volunteers to shop for vulnerable people in Lambeth during the pandemic is among the winners in London’s top responsible business gongs. Described as an ‘Uber for volunteers’, onHand, which matches volunteers with charities in need of help, won the Lord Mayor’s Award for Innovation During COVID-19 at the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards.Read more
Lambeth schools will miss out on £680,000 of funding for disadvantaged kids after the government has changed the pupil premium policy. Schools receive £1,345 for every primary age pupil or £955 for every secondary age pupil who claim free school meals to help them with their progress and improve their exam results.Read more