Lambeth Council approves plans to pay back tenants up to £26.55 million for overcharged water bills

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.  

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Six-year-old boy who raised more than £1.5 million for a children’s hospital raises another £76K

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.

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Disadvantaged kids across South London to lose £4 million in government “stealth cuts” to education

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.

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‘Covid-19 testing is now a way of life’ warns doctor as new clinics open in Lambeth

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.”

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Leaseholders caught up in the cladding scandal are selling their furniture to keep up with huge bills

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.  

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App that helps vulnerable people in Lambeth during the pandemic has won a top business award

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.

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