This Saturday’s Croydon Assembly features on Andrew Pelling’s London Matters show on Croydon TV at http://www.croydontv.co.uk – click on London Matters with Andrew Pelling.
Andrew, who interviews Aseembly organsier Ted Knight of the Croydon Retired Members Unite branch, is also a Labour Councillor who has written about the Assembly at http://insidecroydon.com/2014/11/11/assembly-offers-chance-to-talk-about-issues-that-really-matter
R. S. Davies has commented on my Assembly article at
The Cost of Living Crisis Backdrop to Assembly
“People across Croydon, and throughout the country, are suffering from the cost of living crisis. With pay settlements still running below inflation, the cost of everyday goods and services has soared. The Assembly will be a great opportunity to build the campaign for an alternative to austerity, and for a society where the 99% feels the benefit of economic recovery”. (Michael Calderbank, an Assembly workshop facilitator)
Issues at the Assembly
There are a host of local issues that can be discussed in the appropriate workshops at the Croydon Assembly.
Social Value in Commissioning
Andrew Kennedy of Croydon Town Transition shared this facebook message from Social Enterprise UK:
“The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force on 31st January 2013. It requires public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.
Value for money is the over-riding factor that determines all public sector procurement decisions. In recent years there has been a shift in understanding how value for money should be calculated, and growing support for the idea that it…”
He added his own comment:
‘So, when they let the Croydon Parks contract, did it include anything about engaging local people, to educate, or work with local voluntary groups and residents associations to create a better community? I wonder. What about making use of assets like the Conduit Lane greenhouses?’
Andrew raises a good question. However, there are legislative rules about commercial confidentiality so the Council may not be able to answer the question.
In a separate posting he also asks: ‘Are there assets in Croydon that are of benefit to the community that should be listed? The community could then buy them!’ Good point. SEGAS House is one that should be.
It is worth him and his Town Transition colleagues submitting public questions to the next Council meeting; see https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/public-questions-for-1-december-croydon-council-meeting-due-by-17-november
Tom Lickley has written up the latest information on house prices and office rents in Croydon, which is useful background information for the debate in the Assembly.
Racism and Immigration
One of the Assembly workshops in on racism and immigration. Croydon Council is currently looking at what action to take on hate crimes and consulting on its equalities and inclusion policy. See my discussion at http://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/seminar-report-caring-children-combating-hate
Another workshop facilitator Andrew Fisher discusses migrants, tax and benefits at
The programme for the Assembly can be seen at https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/croydon-assembly-programme-15-november