Croydon Council budget and other news at 10 March

Jamie Audsley Suspended From Labour Group

Thornton Heath Labour Councillor and community development worker Jamie Audsley has been suspended from the Labour Group following an unknown allegation that is being investigated. This follows shortly after his appointment as a member of the co-operative housing commission being chaired by Council Leader Tony Newman. Given his community development outlook Audsley has disappointed many people for his support for planning applications which have had strong opposition from local residents.

Housing Commission on Co-operative and Community Led Housing

Tony Newman is chairing this Commission. Jamie Audsley is a member, though what affect his suspension from the Croydon Labour Group remains to be seen.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/community-led-housing

Tim Pollard attacks Council Budget

Council Conservative Leader Tim Pollard attacks Labour’s budget for 2017/18

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/truly-frightening-budget

Council Leader Tony Newman’s explanation is at

https://croydonleadersblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/the-council-delivers-yet-another-value-for-money-budget-for-croydon

Cabinet member Simon Hall in charge of finance praises Labour’s achievements since May 2014

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/labour-delivering-more-with-less

The budget includes a doubling of the Councillors’ Ward Budgets

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/community-ward-budgets-double-keeping-residents-heart-local-spending

Paula Murray Extols Council Cultural Strategy

Paula Murray, the Council’s Creative Director extols its cultural strategy

http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/magazine/article/all-change-croydon

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/croydon-%E2%80%98cultural-quarter%E2%80%99-plans-move-forward/5086483.article

A different view is outlined by Ian Marvin

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/culture/the-elizabeth-james-art-gallery-arts-norwood

Community Safety Strategy

The Scrutiny Committee quizzed Cabinet member Hamida Ali and considered the community safety targets. See the webcast at

http://croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/276667

A serious challenge to the ability of the Croydon Police to obtain community support and information is the high level of allegations about discrimination towards members of the public. This is a major challenge for the new Borough Commander.

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/claims-of-discrimination-by-met-police-on-the-rise-in-croydon/story-30168873-detail/story.html

Council Jobs Brokerage Places 100th person in work

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/milestone-croydon-works-100th-person-supported-employment

Council Tax Non-payment

Because of refusal, failure or inability to pay Council Tax the Council served 22,163 Liability Orders in 2015. The total amount collectable in 2015.16 was £178.059m, of which £5.422m was not paid.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/croydon_council_tax_arrears?nocache=incoming-949425#incoming-949425

 

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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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