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Parking permits campaign success 22 March 2014

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This story appeared in the February – March 2014 Forest Hill Focus

In the summer, Lewisham Council tried to introduce a cash-free payment system for parking permits, where residents had to buy permits online or by phone.

To make matters worse, the Council failed to tell residents who need visitors’ permits what they were doing. Many of these were elderly residents who felt uncomfortable paying by phone or over the internet.

Following a motion tabled by Lib Dem councillors the scheme has been relaxed. Permits can now be purchased at Lewisham Library for cash.

What’s more, the premium 0845 phone line has been replaced by (020) 8787 5397 and the Council are relaxing restrictions placed on some people who require visits from carers.

“The Labour Council’s proposals showed little regard for the needs of some elderly and vulnerable residents,” said Forest Hill councillor Alex Feakes. “I am delighted the Council has belatedly seen sense.”

Council’s £5.7 million tax collection fiasco 22 March 2014

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This story appeared in the February – March 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Labour-run Lewisham Council have come under fire for having one of the worst records in the country for collecting council tax.

Last year (2012-13) the Council failed to collect a whopping £5.7 million of the council tax which was due. That is a sum larger than the council’s entire road maintenance budget.

Just 5 of England’s 326 councils have a worse record than Lewisham’s 5.8% non-collection rate.

Forest Hill Lib Dem Councillor Alex Feakes commented: “If Lewisham’s Labour administration were as efficient at collecting council tax as the average Lib Dem London borough we would have had an extra £4.5 million to spend this year. Labour need to get their act together and collect the money owed.”

The Council Tax Gap