Croydon’s Looming Cuts Crisis

Flemming benefits

Libraries could be closed

The Croydon Advertiser warns that libraries could be closed as part of the Council’s attempt to meet the cuts required by the Conservative Government. In his Croydon Radio interview on 29 November Cabinet member Timothy Godfrey said that there was a review of the libraries underway.

Council Tax likely to be increased

A Council tax rise in Croydon is ‘inevitable’ says Labour Leader Tony Newman to help fund services for the elderly and vulnerable adults. The “social care precept” is one of two additional sources of income available to councils (keeping 100 per cent of business being the other).

Wide ranging cuts likely

Croydon Council is considering a wide-range of cuts as it tries to balance the books in order to meet the funding cuts imposed by the Conservative Government.

The Croydon Advertiser story on the above is at

Cabinet member attacks people on benefits

If the general attack by the Conservative Government and its ConDem predecessor on people on benefits is not bad enough, credence is given to it by ‘offensive’ remarks by Cabinet member Cllr Alisha Flemming. She told a council meeting that paying benefits in one lump sum would lead claimants to spend more money in the town’s betting shops. Council Leader Tony Newman appears to be trying to avoid publicly criticising her. 

Social work agency staff cost £5.4m a year.

Croydon Council spends £5.4m a year on agency workers in its understaffed child social care department. Labour Leader Tony Newman describes the bill as one of the council’s “major remaining challenges … “We’re going to have to have a harder look at our offering, because in this area there has not been enough progress. “There are historic reasons about what social workers can earn in inner and outer London. We absolutely recognise the issue that’s there.”


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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