Picturehouse Cinema at West Norwood and the Living Wage

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Lambeth Council claims to be a London living wage employer, however Picturehouse Cinemas are not and consequently have been in dispute with their workers at the Ritzy in Brixton for a number of years now. At the same time Lambeth Council has also been in discussions and then in a partnership with Picturehouse for up to seven years, particularly in relation to the West Norwood Nettlefold Hall site which was originally expected to be opening as a cinema and library by Picturehouse and the council during 2017.

Please can you let me know of any examples of evidence where Lambeth council officials or Lambeth councillors have requested or lobbied Picturehouse Cinemas to pay the living wage in the West Norwood cinema?

Evidence could be, but is not limited to, emails, letters, contracts, or minutes of meetings between Picturehouse and Lambeth Councillors or staff.

Finally if it is known could you please give me the date both for the opening of the cinema, and the library that will be on the same site.

Thank you for your time in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Elliott

Jane Shields, Lambeth Borough Council

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Lambeth Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Picturehouse Cinema at West Norwood and the Living Wage'.

By law I should have received a prompt reply to my request so please can you answer my initial request and also explain why the response to my request has been delayed?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Thank you for your time in considering my request.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Elliott

Ben Hendry, Lambeth Borough Council

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Dear Mr Elliott,

With apologies for the delay, please see attached in response to your
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Ben Hendry
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London Borough of Lambeth 

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Dear Lambeth Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Lambeth Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Picturehouse Cinema at West Norwood and the Living Wage'.

Thank you for the response to my query. As a follow up can you just confirm that the only written 'lobbying' directly to Picturehouse that was carried out by Lambeth Council was carried out in Dec 2017 by Cllr Peck. Was there no 'lobbying' or more formal contract negotiating carried out by other local Labour Councillors or council officers? More generally, how does Lambeth Council verify that the London living Wage is paid by its contractors and those corporate organisations that they partner with? As a living wage employer of such stature shouldn't this be a fundamental part of any contract agreement?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Mr Elliott

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