The 2017/18 period, during which voters could inspect Lambeth Council’s accounts, came to an end on Friday, 13 July 2018.

During this year’s Inspection of Accounts period, 56 queries were submitted by 7 electors. Council staff spent 170 hours responding to queries, at a cost of £6,449 in officer time. Last year, 17 electors made a total of 172 queries. Responding to these took 302 hours, at a cost of £12,176.

The council’s independent, external auditors received one objection on the 2017/18 accounts, within the Public Inspection period. This compares to five received in 2016/17. Objections and their responses are private correspondence between the elector and the auditor and due to data protection, the council is unable to publish these without the permission of the elector and the auditor.

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1. Contracts

Lambeth Council spends more than £588m on buying in goods and services every year. These agreements are set out in more than 3,000 agreements, of various lengths and values, for items ranging from cleaning to building maintenance. Many of the contracts are with large national organisations, but hundreds more are with local enterprises that provide goods and services for the council.

Council officials dealt with 8 requests for information relating to contracts during the Inspection of Accounts process. Requests and responses on this issue can be accessed from the link below:

2. Housing assets

The council manages more than 30,000 homes – the majority of these are tenanted properties but around a third are leasehold. Looking after such a large number of homes requires ongoing repairs and planned maintenance. We aim to have brought all homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard by 2020.

During the Inspection of Accounts process, residents made a total of 7 requests for details relating to the borough’s housing assets

Requests and responses on this issue can be accessed from the link below:

3. Members' expenses

In line with national legislation, each year a basic allowance is paid to each Lambeth councillor, to assist them with costs including intra-borough travel, telephones and subsistence. The scheme also includes special responsibility allowances (SRAs) and civic allowances, for councillors with additional duties, including the Mayor and members of the Cabinet.

The current scheme was agreed following the local elections, in May 2018.

Council officials dealt with 1 request for details relating to members’ expenses during the Inspection of Accounts process.

Requests and responses on this issue can be accessed from the link below:

4. Pay - senior remuneration

In determining the pay and remuneration of its employees, the council complies with all relevant employment legislation. Lambeth has been open about its wage bill, and the number of staff on higher salaries, and the council’s statutory pay policy statement offers assurance that remuneration levels are in line with national guidelines. The number of Lambeth Council staff earning over £50,000 since 2016 has stayed virtually the same, going from 212 in 2007 to around 220 today.

The Pay Policy Statement is published on the authority’s’ website and must be complied with when the local authority sets the terms and conditions for any officer.

Council officials dealt with 5 requests for information relating to pay and senior remuneration during the Inspection of Accounts process. Requests and responses on this issue can be accessed from the link below:

5. Supplies and services

Lambeth Council spends more than £588m on buying in goods and services, ranging from cleaning to building maintenance, every year. Many of the contracts are with large national organisations, but hundreds more are with local enterprises that provide goods and services for the council.

Council officials dealt with 35 requests for information relating to supplies and services during the Inspection of Accounts process.

Requests and responses on this issue can be accessed from the links below: