Tag Archives: Council Tax

Council executive salaries are ‘rewarding mediocrity’, says MP

A Labour MP has responded to the latest “Town Hall Rich List”, which showed that Croydon Council has at least 15 executives being paid more than £100,000 per year, by saying that such high salaries are “rewarding mediocrity”. Simon Danczuk … Continue reading

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Voting is a mystery inside an enigma according to Elvery letter

Have you received a letter from Croydon Council’s Nathan Elvery about changes to voter registration that doesn’t tell you how voter registration is changing? DAVID WHITE has Last week Nathan Elvery, Croydon Council’s new chief executive, a £180,000-plus per year … Continue reading

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15 Croydon Council employees receive total salaries of £1.8m

Croydon Council spent £1,833,846 on the salaries and pension contributions of just 15 executive staff members in 2012-2013, according to figures published by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Averaged out – and one or two individuals were trousering considerably more than the … Continue reading

Posted in Council Tax, Croydon Council, Hannah Miller, Jon Rouse, Julie Belvir, Nathan Elvery, Paul Spooner, Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Barwell backs down over interns: now he wants ‘volunteers’

Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for Croydon Central, has as good as admitted he may have been breaking the law by recruiting interns to work on his re-election campaign unpaid for up to six months. Not for the first-time, … Continue reading

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Keep it quiet: councillors make allowances for themselves

Croydon’s councillors last week opened the way for potential increases in their own “allowances” of as much as 20 per cent, and they did it all without any debate. By STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s new council last week passed a range … Continue reading

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Labour and the hidden agenda as Elvery is handed top job

STEVEN DOWNES on how Croydon Council’s new political leadership kept a key item off the notification of the meeting to appoint the £180,000 CEO “Who governs Britain?” was a headline beloved of right-leaning newspapers in the 1970s when questioning the … Continue reading

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At £220m, is Fisher’s Folly the most costly council HQ ever?

According to figures presented at last night’s Croydon Council cabinet meeting, Fisher’s Folly, the new council office building which some people insist on calling Bernard Weatherill House, will cost Council Tax-payers a scandalous £85 million more than even the gloomiest multi-million-pound … Continue reading

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Aimless opposition could make for an extended honeymoon

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK BENCHES: Last night’s first council cabinet meeting of the new Labour administration was full of interesting announcements for Waddon councillor ANDREW PELLING So that’s what my Labour colleagues have been up to over the last … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Pelling, Bernard Weatherill House, Bishop of Croydon, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Dudley Mead, Environment, Fly tipping, Housing, Mike Fisher, Phil Thomas, Refuse collection, Steve Reed MP, Taberner House, Tony Newman, URV, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pickles set to order Croydon to return to weekly bin collections

Tory Eric Pickles and his ConDem government could be about to hand a significant political present to Croydon’s new Labour-run council, by forcing them to bring back weekly bin collections. Labour won control of Croydon Town Hall a month ago … Continue reading

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Parade-ground generals fail to lead on council’s Front Line

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The lack of true, front-line service experience among some of our council’s executive officials creates fundamental problems in the management culture at the Town Hall, writes ROD DAVIES  If we are to change the nature of the council, then … Continue reading

Posted in Capita, Community associations, Council Tax, Croydon Council, Nathan Elvery, Refuse collection, Street lighting | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Punch-drunk Tories struggling to get up off the canvas

WALTER CRONXITE has put down his copy of Boxing News to assess the ringcraft of Croydon’s defeated Tories as they warm up for their next big bout Like a boxer who has taken one heavy blow to the chin too many, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 council elections, 2015 General Election, Addiscombe, Ashburton, Clare Hilley, Coulsdon West, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Dudley Mead, Gavin Barwell MP, Mario Creatura, Mike Fisher, Nathan Elvery, New Addington, Phil Thomas, Steve O'Connell, Tony Pearson, Vidhi Mohan, Waddon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Rave response highlights serious short-comings at council

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What happens after decades of cost-cutting and Council Tax freezes when we need our council to act in an emergency? Nothing, as shown the mishandled road closures following the illegal rave earlier this month, says ROD DAVIES The … Continue reading

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Spot the difference: Crapita sponsors Labour Mayor’s banquet

STEVEN DOWNES, editor of Inside Croydon, suggests that the borough’s new council has allowed itself to be compromised by the council’s senior staff, developers and big business even before it has been in office for a month Spot the difference. … Continue reading

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Croydon at back of pack in London’s house price boom

Research shows that property prices in Croydon have increased at one of the slowest rates among London boroughs over the last two decades, yet there are still many fewer residential builds going on in the borough than elsewhere in the … Continue reading

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Shedding light on council multi-million contracts long overdue

This website has, more than once, made the point that public services when outsourced to private companies rarely deliver equivalent service for the public, but they almost always ensure rich pickings for private profit. The shambolic hand-over of Croydon Council’s … Continue reading

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