Brixton news, rumours and general chat: Autumn - Winter 2018-19

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Nov 13, 2018.

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  1. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    The LVAC CC accounts are here: Charity Details

    including the statement:

    And VAC's aren't anyone's particular idea - umbrella support charities like this exist across the UK (Councils for Voluntary Service etc.). All are being squeezed financially whilst seeing demand increase.
  2. editor

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  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    sorry my link expired. the companies house stuff is all there though, just search companies house for Lambeth Voluntary Action Council.

    It's quite likely there are VACs all over the country as you say, but if you were around in 1993 and 1994 you will remember the council had particular problems maintaining its grant-giving and checking the credentials of funded organisations. LVAC seemed to be one way they tried to impose some sort of vetting on the organisations.

    You might also remember that Lambeth Social Services had a particularly wanton grant section led by Edgar Zepherine (a Haringey Labour councillor). Most notoriously their funding of Courtney Laws BNCA was used by Laws to build a property empire in Jamaica. Courtney was charged with fraud, but unfortunately (or fortunately?) Mr Laws died just before the trial opened, so we were spared a lot of juicy detail - at the height of the Lambeth Council corruption mania. It would be fascinating to know how long the old bird kept rooking the council before they realised what was happening, and whether he had protection from within the council.

    I was amazed to find this link from Trinidad and Tobago. It seems that Edgar is still up to his old tricks in 2018! SELF-HELP ROGUES

    There were about 16 grants officers working for Lambeth Social Services in the early 1990s. Most of them found employment with the National Lotteries as the council cut back. The Lotteries pursued the same sort of positive discrimination policies favoured by Lambeth Council in the 1990s, so they no doubt found it easy to transfer.
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  4. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    I think I was one of the people recruiting and line managing them (they were freelance grant application assessors)
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  5. editor

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  6. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    PoW scaffolding is finally coming down.
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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Always look on the bright side.....
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  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Great news for apApprenticestos!
  9. editor

    editor hiraethified


    Oh fuck off, you wanky hot yoga tossers.
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  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Fucking hell. Three times in the past week I've had people sat next to me in Brixton cafes ask me if they "can talk to me about Jesus".

    And on another note, the clientele in that awful Brewdog bar is exactly what you might expect.
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  11. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

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  12. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    what do you reply?

    I've taken to keeping some jesus leaflets to have in my pockets for those times late at night that someone tries to talk/follow/bother me - I plan to pull out a leaflet and ask 'have you found jesus?' but I've not had the opportunity to try it out yet.
  13. editor

    editor hiraethified

    "No. Definitely not, thanks."

    And if they persist, I get ruder.
  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

    There seems to be a real rise in people sleeping on the streets in Brixton this year. Makes for an uncomfortable juxtaposition next to posh restaurants and bars.
  15. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    I find carrying an opened can of Frosty Jack is a powerful deterrent at all times of day.
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  16. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Went up for a rare trip up west end over Xmas and it's even more uncomfortable.
    Loads sleeping under bridges on regents canal as well.....:mad:
  17. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    There's a huge increase in homelessness pretty much everywhere right now.

    I work in Northampton a couple of days a week and the problem is out of hand. I helped for a few days at a homeless day center and they just can't cope with the amount of people needing help. People are dying weekly up there.

    It's horrible.
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  18. lefteri

    lefteri Well-Known Member

    My wife always replies “as long as I can talk to you about communism”

    Always does the trick
  19. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    On homelessness.

    In West End as cuppa tee says seeing homeless people is common. Its got to the point where the cops leave them alone. As long as they are not to near tourist areas like Oxford Street.

    Read this piece recently:

    Rise in homelessness not result of our policies, says housing secretary

    Tory minister argues that one can't reduce homelessness increase down to Tory policies. Despite major charities like Crisis saying that is the case. This according to Minister Brokenshire is down to complex social problems like family breakdown and addiction. One simply can't reduce it to simple criticism of Tory government. He of course really cares about the plight of the homeless. He says that so it must be the case.

    A typical case of a right wing person presenting themselves as personally caring, understanding and tolerant ( he puts in gay rights at one point in the interview) who sees social problems as complex. So please don't do anything as vulgar as blaming the Tory government.

    Its prime example of how political discourse works now. I almost feel nostalgic for the days of Thatcher. At least it was straightforward then.

    Now this tactic of undermining ones opponents permeates politics and society.

    The fact is Brokenshire is Tory scum. He is minister in government that is causing this.

    To add notice he slips in non UK nationals as a cause of increase. Nice touch scumbag. Not in least banging the anti immigration drum. Just slips it in quietly.
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  20. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    There is now a little camp of homeless people which sets up camp in the portico of All Soul’s Church on Regent Street every night. Most of them have tents which is something I suppose.

    One of them was in the Press recently because he did an interview on homelessness for Channel 4 News. It then turned out he was a convicted sex offender who’d tried to rape a pensioner. Which makes me feel a bit uneasy if I’m honest as it’s right by work - and there are a lot of vulnerable women living on the streets. :(
  21. ChrisSouth

    ChrisSouth Well-Known Member

    I talk to them about homosexuality. That makes them nervous.
  22. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    Those released released from prison struggle to find housing. That is going to result in some dangerous folk who should be under supervision/observation being on the streets and posing a threat to others. It's just another symptom of the problem. It also means those who might want to be rehabilitated struggle to steer clear of crime as a method of survival (increasing their risk of returning to prison)...and on and on...
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  23. blameless77

    blameless77 Well-Known Member

    Works brilliantly - I’ve used that several times when I’ve been followed in the past.
  24. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    to be fair the rise in homelessness is in part due to the labour party's ready acquiesence in carrying on against social housing between 1997-2010, getting rid of loads of housing outside london and also taking a lead in recent years in replacing council estates with yuppie flats. so it's not entirely to do with tory policies being as they've had so much willing help from corbyn's crew.
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  25. editor

    editor hiraethified

    There's more people sleeping along the arches of Atlantic Road and there's some sort of free food place that's opened up in the alley to the railway.
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  26. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl All lost in the supermarket

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  27. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin

    A very brief mention for Brixton but interesting nontheless

    [EDIT] Meant to post in the general history thread. Soz.
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  28. editor

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  29. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I've tried that many times, especially when I was younger and more keen to argue.
    Unfortunately I found that generally results in:
    • them quoting bits of the bible about how sinful I am
    • them being overly interested (if they are straight & male) and asking questions
    • them seeing me a soul to be 'saved'
    • the inviting me to a service, as think I will fit in nicely at their church anyway (probably because I'm wearing a nice hat) where no doubt they will try to 'save' me
    • coming out loudly to everyone near Iceland (you soon find out who is family when you do that)
    • raising my blood pressure
    I've never managed to make them nervous, perhaps you are more seductive/flirty/physically imposing than me? how do you do it? I'm obviously not doing it right.
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  30. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl All lost in the supermarket

    Consultation on Lambeth's budget and proposed 'savings' here:

    Lambeth's Budget

    Some worrying points that stand out to me included proposed reduction in number of Children's social workers, changes (I assume increases) to Careine charges, and changes to tenancy sustainment services.
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