There were mixed reactions to the launch of the Opportunity & Fairness Commission on Wednesday 28 January at Stanley Halls. Some of the concerns expressed in informal chat afterwards are reflected in Inside Croydon’s piece at
It is particularly critical about several of the Commissioners being part of the local establishment thereby reducing the Commission’s independence.
The Commission’s own news story on the launch is on its website at:
There is also a detailed report is on the Croydon Communities Consortium website at:
The Commission is open to the views of members of the public and local organisations. I have submitted papers of my articles published in Croydon Citizen on issues relevant to the work of the Commission and on geographic inequalities.
4 Resident Commissioners wanted
It is seeking to appoint four residents to be additional Commissioners with direct life experience of the kind of issues the Commission will examine. ‘The Commission is adopting a positive, asset-focussed approach and would particularly welcome applications from those who have faced up to challenges and have success stories of working individually and collectively.’ It says that it will ensure that resident Commissioners are representative of the population of Croydon.
Any Croydon resident over the age of 16 can apply to be a Commissioner. You can nominate yourself or be nominated by someone else (if so they must get your agreement first). Your chances may be helped if you get several backers.
Nominations close on 20 February, and the Commission will assess nominees and announce its decisions by 25 February.
Full details of the process and an application form can be accessed at
The resident commissioners will be chosen on the basis of:
- Evidence of making positive change (this might be anything from bringing up a family to some kind of work in the community)
- An appreciation of the concerns and aspirations of their neighbourhood or community
- Enthusiasm for the work of the Commission
- An aptitude for communicating effectively with ordinary people
- Commitment to working with other Commissioners to make a success of the project
- Acceptance of the principle of collective responsibility on the Commission (in other words the freedom to argue their point of view in the Commission but to promote the democratic decisions once they have been made).
- Evidence that they will add their own perspective and expertise