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. http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-leader-pressure-explain/story-28241247-detail/story.html#ixzz3tD99x1d3
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.”