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
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.