Latest Council COVID-19 Help Services
Help with Housing Benefit
Grants to be paid to Croydon businesses
#CroydonTogether: campaign thanks community for response to COVID-19
Food parcels for hundreds in council support drive
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Advice and Support to the Vulnerable
Advice for Vulnerable Users of Essential Services
Samaritans Are Continuing Their Services
Phone 116 123
A Samaritan volunteer I know says that a special service for NHS staff is being set up using experienced volunteers who are self-isolated by providing them with dedicated phones.
For details of the Samaritans Croydon & Sutton see:
Other Croydon COVID-19 News
Croydon High School vs. COVID-19
Varjitha Kunalan, a student of the School, writes at:
Is Croydon’s COV-19 Death Toll Be Higher?
Croydon COVID-19 cases rose to 313 on 30 March and 41 deaths at Croydon University Hospital yesterday.
These figures only include deaths in the NHS, not in people’s homes, in care homes, or other non-NHS places. The Office of National Statistics has now started to collect these figures as well. (The Guardian 31 March)
Will COVID-19 Kill Westfield?
Westfield’s partner for the Whitgift redevelopment Hammerson reports a 2/3rds drop in rents from its shopping centres. (Guardian. 31 March)
Why Croydon’s community has the answers to dealing with the impact of coronavirus
Councillor Caragh Skipper writes about the mutual aid groups:
Other Croydon News
Croydonist New Articles
A Virtual Wander, A Visual Wonder ; Top Takeaways, Take 1; Light and Shade, Delight and Detail – Croydon’s 1960s architecture, and Croydon in Focus – Lenses of Croydon
New applications and decisions continue to be posted on the Planning Register.
Fairfield Halls In Your Own Home
You can listen to music provided by Fairfield Halls at:
Ted Knight Has Died
Secretary, Croydon Unite Retired Members branch, Chair Croydon Assembly, former Leader of Lambeth Council die don 30 March. See:
Andrew Dennis Has Died
Former Labour Councillor Andrew Dennis has died from a routine operation.
Looking Forward Past COVID-19
Of course Croydon and the country will come through this crisis, though it is yet unclear whether the public attitude towards the important central and local government will change towards requiring them to be properly funded , and a rejection of the Thatcherite slogan ‘There is no such thing as society’. The crisis underscores our interdependence . After the end of the Second World War there were the London Olympic Games in 1948 and the Festival of Britain in 1951. Here in Croydon we can look forward to being Borough of Culture 2023.
This posting includes links to videos by three young Croydon poets:
- Our Story by Natalie Twum-Barima
- The Change We Want To Make by Shaniqua Benjamin
- This is Croydon by Daisy Nash
Class Inequalities in Health and the Coronavirus: A cruel irony?
Article by Sara Arber and Robert nmeadows of the University of Surrey.
The Importance of the State In Times Of Crisis
Reviewing the response to previous crises and what happened as a result Polly Toynbee in The Guardian today writes: ‘Surely this time the lesson in well and truly learnt? Don’t shrink the state, local or national, when nothing else stands between people and penury, or even death. Coronanomics shows that all private commerce relies on the state in the last resort, and that borrowing on a gargantuan scale is not, after all, impossible when most needed.’. (Guardian Journal. 31 March)