Tories sabotage Croydon Landlord Licensing Scheme

The Tory Housing Minister has sabotaged Croydon Council’s plan to introduce a Borough wide landlord licensing scheme. From 1 April new rules will ban such schemes. Despite this the Cabinet approved the scheme on Monday 16 March with the intention to introduce it on 1 October. Meanwhile Labour members called it in be looked at by the Scrutiny Committee at an extra meeting on Thursday 26 March. There was a lengthy debate at Cabinet which can be heard on the webcast at The future of the proposed scheme will depend on the outcome of the General Election.

Commenting on the Government intention to prevent Borough wide landlord licensing from 1 April Labour Council Leader Tony Newman told the Cabinet meeting “We won’t be intimidated by a Conservative minister in the last weeks before they leave office. We will implement this scheme.”

Later he said: “We were elected with a clear mandate to do this and we have had many months of consultation.”  He questioned the timing of Mr Lewis’ intervention and said: “I don’t know if the letter is aimed particularly at us but we are the only local authority putting forward a scheme at this time.” 

Details of the Government’s plan can be read via


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. 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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