The Mystery of the Croydon Fairness Commission Deepens

At last Croydon’s Labour Leader Tony Newman has announced the person to chair the now named Opportunity and Fairness Commission: the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt. Revd Jonathan Clark. He will be supported as Vice-Chair by Labour Councillor Hamida Ali.

The announcement was made at a meeting of the Croydon Congress (part of the Local Strategic Partnership) on Thursday 27 November. If you search the Council’s website you will be hard put to find any details of this meeting, and it is not mentioned on the CVA website either. http://www.cvalive.org.uk/StrategicPartnerships/CroydonCongress.aspx.

So where was it held, who was invited, who attended,

and what else did it discuss?

As yet the members of the Commission have not been announced.

I cannot find details of which consultancy has been appointed to service the Commission. In September the Council website invited ‘suitable tenders from suppliers to project manage and deliver the communications, research and community engagement activities to support’ the Commission. http://www.opportunitycroydon.org.

Inside Croydon discusses the appointment of the Bishop at http://insidecroydon.com/2014/11/28/commission-role-could-give-tories-excuse-to-bash-the-bishop

The Commission is potentially very important as I suggested back in July in Croydon Citizen

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/anti-poverty-is-at-heart-of-croydon.html

London Living Wage

One  of the issues the Commission will need to explore is what more can be done to ensure more employers sign up to paying the London Living Wage. It is good news that Westfield and Hammerson have signed up to trying to achieve it, having previously rejected the idea. The announcement was made at the developers Develop Croydon Conference on Tuesday 25 November. http://croydonatmipim.com/News/Archive/3262/27-11-2014. The Commission will need to question the two developers on the detail.

Commission Website

A website has been set up for the Commission.   At the moment the only posting allows people to sign up to being in contact with the Commission.

http://www.opportunitycroydon.org.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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