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 http://www.croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/169798. 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.”

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-gives-controversial-landlord/story-26195097-detail/story.html#ixzz3Uv4y04yd 

Details of the Government’s plan can be read via http://insidecroydon.com/2015/03/14/labours-licensing-scheme-in-doubt-as-tories-back-landlords

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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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