Croydon Update 10 April

Monday 12 April. Libraries Re-open

https://news.croydon.gov.uk/libraries-restart-services-next-week

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

https://news.croydon.gov.uk/by-elections-in-may

John Lewis Pull Out – Another Blow To Westfield

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/john-lewis-cancels-plans-new-20333757

Housing Scandal Fundraiser

www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/09042021-former-grenfell-tower-resident-launches-fundraiser-for-croydon-woman-living-in-squalor

Brick by Brick Update

The company made a loss of just over £800,000 in the financial year 2019/20.

file:///C:/Users/Acer%20user/Documents/Croydon%20blog/BxB%20aaccounts.pdf

Concern About A Community Space Expressed

www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/croydon-mum-4-breaks-down-20355766

COVID Cases Continue To Fall, But Death Toll Is 900

https://news.croydon.gov.uk/a-message-from-rachel-flowers-croydons-director-of-public-health

Ahmadiyya Community’s COVID Support Action

www.swlondoner.co.uk/news/08042021-one-of-britains-youngest-imams-is-leading-covid-community-efforts

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

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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