Screenshot of files obtained from Lambeth council.
As of October 2017 over 280 pubic FOI requests mention Cressingham Gardens Estate. Through these requests, and countless consultation meetings the @savecressingham campaign has come to understand how Lambeth Council manages repairs and maintenance, structures data, and organises their workforce.
Below are three sample FOI requests you can submit via ww.whatdotheyknow.com as a starting point for understanding income and expenditure on an estate. I have also provided a template spreadsheet (download) which gives an overview of how Lambeth organises their housing repairs data.
Keep in mind that any data you receive will not necessarily be a true reflection of the condition of the estate. As an example, on Cressingham Gardens we discovered that many repairs had not been completed, had been charged twice, or were of a very low standard. Yet this same ‘iffy’ data feeds into cabinet reports which determine if homes are demolished or not.