Monday 12 April. Libraries Re-open
Monday 12 April. 6.30pm. Council Cabinet
See also below.
Tuesday 20 April. 5pm. Postal Vote 6 May Council By-elections Applications Deadline
Tuesday 27 April. 5pm. Proxy Vote 6 May Council By-elections Applications Deadline
John Lewis Pull Out – Another Blow To Westfield
Housing Scandal Fundraiser
Brick by Brick Update
The company made a loss of just over £800,000 in the financial year 2019/20.
Concern About A Community Space Expressed
COVID Cases Continue To Fall, But Death Toll Is 900
Ahmadiyya Community’s COVID Support Action
Financial Crisis Update
On Monday 12 April the Council Cabinet is being asked to note the net projected general fund financial overspend of £69.1m for the full year as at the end of January 2021 which includes all projected COVID-19 related expenditure and income of £40.9m
A ‘number of risks may materialise’ including:
- dividends and interest receivable from Brick By Brick – £20.5m
- pending external audit verification of assumptions around 2019/20 accounting treatment of special funding – £6m.
If this £26.6m materialises, ‘which is unlikely’ forecast overspend will be £95.7m, with draft general fund reserves of just £7.4m.
The January figures include further expected receipt of Covid-Related Grant.
To cover the 2020/21 deficit the Government’s approved capitalisation loan will have to be activated. £10m will cost c.£802k per year. ‘Capital receipts from asset disposals and repayment of Brick by Brick loans will be used to minimise these borrowing costs’.
Croydon Renewal and Improvement Plan
The Cabinet will also consider a reportCroydon Renewal and Improvement Plan – Performance Reporting Framework & Measures report to Cabinet sets out a comprehensive set of performance monitoring measures. Whether most of them are understandable to Councillors and the public is debateable.
An Internal Control Board for Performance is being created to ‘strengthen operationals oversight of performance and data across all areas of the organisation.’
There is also a report updating progress with the external auditors’ Report in the Public Interest.
Real Lettings Property Fund
The Cabinet is being asked toagree to a one year extension of the Council’s participation in the Real Lettings Fund to February 2023 with a planned sale date of December 2022.
In January 2013 the then Tory controlled Cabinet approved the Council’s participation and investment in the pan-London Fund of £29,389,809, to deliver accommodation for homeless families at lower than market rates for temporary accommodation.
This was to enable properties to be acquired within the M25 to place homeless families through leases to St Mungo’s who issue Assured Shorthold Tenancies and allowed the Council to discharge its housing duty. Of the 142 properties 135 currently let to originating Croydon residents, 35 are inside the two year tenancy period and 100 remain in occupation beyond the initial fixed-term contract (as statutory period tenants).
- 27 of the properties are in Croydon, and 108 are out of borough.
- Current tenanted households 182
- Total tenancies supported to date 289
- Positive move/neutral moves 66
Community Garden Groups in Croydon
For a list of those known to John Whitgift Foundation see