On 5 July 2016 Lambeth Libraries organised a sold out event in Clapham to discuss the local history of the rate capping dispute in the mid 1980s. Continue reading “Photos from Local Government in Revolt with John McDonnell, Ted Knight and Hazel Smith – 30th anniversary of the rate capping struggle”
Video from The London Programme, made on the eve of the Lambeth councillors verdict in the High Court where they were surcharged.
Many of these photos are taken from the pamphlet “He was only the District Auditor, but…” which was published in 1986 to raise money to pay for the fines imposed on 31 Lambeth councillors who defied rate capping the year before.
The photos from the pamphlet were taken by NALGO member Dave Stewart.
This 20 minute long documentary was made by Yvette Vanson, director of the Battle of Orgreave, in 1986. It explains why Lambeth Council resisted the moves by the Thatcher government to cap their local rates which would have meant millions of pounds worth of cuts in service provision.
Features interviews with local people, councillors and trade union activists.