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The video Lambeth Lib Dems did not want you to see

Lambeth Liberal Democrats do not want to hear the truth about their time in office running Lambeth Council. After hundreds watched this video on YouTube the site was forced to take it down following a complaint from their leader, Councillor Ashley Lumsden, claiming copyright over an image of him looking smug and self satisfied.

Well the truth cannot be stopped and it is now back with a local artists impression of Mr 40%, the man who put your Council Tax up by 40% – Councillor Ashley Lumsden.

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“Tax and spend” becomes “tax and pretend” for the Fib Dems

The thing Lambeth Liberal Democrats hate most of all is the fact they have a record.  Having been in power from 2002 to 2006 they have no one else to blame for all those nasty things they voted for.  And chief among the decisions they’d like to erase from history is their staggering 40% increase in council tax.

Their current leader, Councillor Ashley Lumsden, was responsible for the council’s finances at the time.  That makes him the biggest council-tax hiker in Lambeth’s history.  The average household was stung for an extra £1000 over the four-years that Lambeth’s Liberal Democrats were running the council.  And despite all the extra money they raked in with their tax hikes AND a £27 million windfall from the Government that landed in their laps – they STILL left the council with zero money in the bank when voters kicked them out. 

So what did the Liberal Democrats do with all the money they took off us?  Quite simply, they threw it down the drain.  They wasted £28 million on plush new council offices overlooking the Thames.  They lost £3 million in the biggest council housing fraud in British history.  They used £600,000 to pay off their own Chief Executive when they made her take the blame for their own political blunders.  The shameful truth is the Liberal Democrats threw residents’ hard-earned money around like confetti. 

Now Lumsden is trying to pretend he’s AGAINST high tax increases.  He has been caught out in the local press primly insisting that council tax rises below 5% are ‘too high’.  This, remember, from the man who thought a gob-smacking 23% in one go was a good idea when he presented his first council budget in 2003.  Yet again we find a Liberal Democrats saying one thing but doing the opposite.  Someone should tell Lumsden that the voters couldn’t stomach his tax-and-spend ways back then, and they won’t be fooled by his tax-and-pretend antics now.  However desperately he hopes we’ve forgotten what he did to us the last time he got his hands on our wallets, we haven’t!   

Liberal Democrats threaten massive council tax hikes

Liberal Democrats in Lambeth are threatening hard-pressed local families with yet more massive council tax hikes just like the last time they were in charge at the town hall.  The news has been met with outrage from people already struggling with rising prices for heating, lighting and food as the worldwide credit crunch bites.  

Earlier this year, energy companies in Britain announced massive increases in the cost of gas and electricity as world fuel prices soared.  Now, those costs are about to hit tenants in Lambeth as the Labour Council’s fixed-price deal with the energy suppliers comes to an end.  Labour is demanding more help from the energy companies to aid poorer households who will be worst affected by price increases that could be as high as 160% for estates with communal heating.   

But the Lib Dems continue to attack those who can least afford it. At a time when families are cash-strapped the Lib Dems want to force their council tax up even higher to support town-hall spending when what is really needed is new ways to help people pay for higher bills.  

In a cynical and ridiculous ploy, Lib Dems are claiming that the global fuel price increase is the fault of Lambeth Council!  They are demanding that fuel bills for SOME residents should be subsidised by the council – meaning huge council tax rises for EVERY OTHER FAMILY already struggling to pay their own higher fuel bills.  They know their proposals are completely undeliverable but are hoping no one will notice the cynical political game they’re playing.  The proposals are not even targeted at the most needy – they are designed to appeal to voters living in marginal wards that the Lib Dems hope are gullible enough to believe them. 

Last time they were in charge the Lib Dems put council tax up 40%.  Their latest plans would send many of the borough’s poorest residents into more and more debt.