Lambeth

  

South London NHS Trusts pay Serco £15 million after they lose pathology service bid

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.

  

Rugby players raising £30,000 for cancer charity in 80 mile non-stop walk starting in Lambeth

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.

  

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.  

   

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.

   

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.

  

Lambeth community worker Michael Groce launches project to reduce assaults on police

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.

  

Trees felled across South London by gusts of up to 50mph

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.

   

‘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.”

  

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.  

  

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.

  

Disadvantaged kids in Lambeth hit by government’s “stealth cuts” to education funding

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.

  

Campaigners unite against “stealth privatisation” as South London GPs are sold off to healthcare giant

Campaign groups have joined forces to oppose the takeover of 20 South London GP surgeries by a US healthcare giant.
Operose Health, a subsidiary of American company Centene, acquired London’s largest healthcare provider AT Medics in October last year.

  

Mother gives more than £10,000 in thank you gifts to hospital staff after they saved her son and nan

A family has given more than £10,000 in thank you gifts to hospital staff after they saved the lives of two of them at Christmas. Georgie Theobald, from Denmark Hill, Camberwell, has put a smile on thousands of faces at King’s College Hospital because staff helped save the life of her grandmother and her son.

  

Lambeth Council releases food poverty action plan to support mothers and babies

Lambeth Council hopes to increase the uptake in healthy start vouchers among eligible residents from 44 per cent to at least 70 per cent in the next year. The NHS Healthy Start scheme gives vouchers to support pregnant women, babies and toddlers. People are eligible if they are pregnant at least 10 weeks or have a child under four and get benefits.  

  

Disadvantaged kids in Lambeth hit by government’s “stealth cuts” to education funding

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.

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