Croydon Financial Crisis Update

The Emergency Council meeting approved the financial crisis Action Plan. Leader Hamida Ali explains it at:

https://news.croydon.gov.uk/action-plan-latest-step-in-croydons-drive-to-tackle-financial-challenges

The Labour administration faces a new embarrassment with the announcement of an investigation by the Local Government Association into who was responsible for the risky property speculation that and how they were allowed to get away with it.

Ironically the LGA has on its website a report it published on Croydon’s transformation of children’s services re-health and well being.

www.local.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/croydon-customer-led-tran-eb7.pdf

Tory Bexley Now Faces Problems As Do Other London Councils

Tory controlled Bexley Council is seeking Government permission to borrow money to help with its financial crisis.

www.lgcplus.com/finance/london-borough-seeks-15m-capitalisation-direction-18-11-2020

See also Bexleys’ website for ‘Council approves nest step budget planning, and .

hpps://bexley.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/516382

Will Other London Councils Fall Into Crisis?

There seems to be a growing consensus that Croydon will soon be joined by others.

www.mylondon.news/news/news-opinion/its-not-sexy-matters-many-19293334

The Mystery of Brick By Brick

Despite the investigation into to Brick by Brick the Planning Committee ploughs on giving it more planning permissions.

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/170-new-flats-could-soon-19303341

The   company  will not reveal why it is sitting on over £7 million worth of potential sales from affordable housing built in Thornton Heath.

www.thorntonheathchronicle.co.uk/brick-by-bricks-7million-empty-homes-puzzle

The report of the investigation into Brick by Brick will not now be published until December.

www.housingtoday.co.uk/news/d-day-for-brick-by-brick-pushed-back-to-december/5109099.article

What Should Council Workers Be Doing?

The Socialist Party (formerly Militant) comments:

‘Unison, the union representing council workers, has correctly stated it will not accept a section 114 notice as cover for attacks on members’ terms and conditions and jobs. But how?

Labour councillors need to make the decision to stand up for the communities they’ve been elected to defend or stand aside for those who will.’

Many will agree, including those who were involved in trying   to reduce Militant’s influence within and outside the Labour Party.

www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31637/18-11-2020/croydon-council-declares-bankruptcy-no-cuts-in-croydon-or-any-other-council

Unison General Secretary Candidate Supports Croydon members

‘Where is the pressure on Chancellor Sunak to put up the £12-15 billion that councils say is needed to end their deficits? Where is the call from the Labour frontbench to fund cash-starved councils? Why doesn’t Croydon have the backing of the Labour Party to be the first council to say it refuse to make these cuts?….

We should be supporting our members to take action. And we should be calling all our local government branches together in national action, to win back the money the Tories have taken from our services.

If Labour councillors are not prepared to take this stand at this crucial time, our union should give no more money to cutting and privatising Labour councillors. It should allow our branches to democratically decide to support candidates from the trade union and workers’ movement who will fight for our jobs and services.’

www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31637/18-11-2020/croydon-council-declares-bankruptcy-no-cuts-in-croydon-or-any-other-council

Other News

Croydon Business Woman To Stand Again For London Mayor

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/croydon-businesswoman-who-wants-first-19309941

Westfield Desperate For Rent

Westfield threatens tenants with legal action for unpaid rent. (Property Week. 9 November)

Another Restaurant – No Loss If Its Closes

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/dirty-croydon-restaurant-staff-dont-19296116

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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