Croydon Crisis Update 31 March

Latest Council COVID-19 Help Services 

Help with Housing Benefit

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/help-is-on-hand-for-residents-struggling-with-council-tax-payments

Grants to be paid to Croydon businesses

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/grants-to-be-paid-to-croydon-businesses

#CroydonTogether: campaign thanks community for response to COVID-19

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/croydontogether-campaign-thanks-community-for-response-to-covid-19

Food parcels for hundreds in council support drive

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/food-parcels-for-hundreds-in-council-support-drive

Croydon Libraries

‘During this time make the most of our digital services.  Look at our range of eBooks, eAudio, eNewspapers, eMagazines, eComics as well as other online resources. Not a member yet, you can join online now.’  croydoncentrallibrary@croydon.gov.uk

Advice and Support to the Vulnerable

Advice for Vulnerable Users  of Essential Services

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/covid-19-support-for-vulnerable-users-of-essential-services

Samaritans Are Continuing Their Services

Phone 116 123

See www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

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:

www.samaritans.org/branches/croydon

Other Croydon COVID-19 News

Croydon High School vs. COVID-19

Varjitha Kunalan, a student of the School, writes at:

www.surreycomet.co.uk/youngreporter/18344509.croydon-high-vs-covid-19

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.

www.mylondon.news/news/health/london-coronavirus-map-london-boroughs-18010416

https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/london-coronavirus-many-patients-dying-18010171

https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/croydon-university-hospital-among-worst-hit-by-coronavirus-in-london

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:

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/opinion-croydons-community-answers-dealing-18011954

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

www.croydonist.co.uk

Planning Applications

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:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1N7AZWeFRDCWIP1FXhLS1N?si=wly-QwYaSJWD_8ktN2E5Fw

Ted Knight Has Died

Secretary, Croydon Unite Retired Members branch, Chair Croydon Assembly, former Leader of Lambeth Council die don 30 March. See:

https://seancreighton1947.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/sad-news-ted-knight-has-died

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.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/this-is-croydon-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.

https://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/sociology/2020/03/23/class-inequalities-in-health-and-the-coronavirus-a-cruel-irony

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)

 

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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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