Category Archives: Adult Social Care

Children’s services suffers 30% cut in social workers

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Concerns are growing at Fisher’s Folly that cutbacks on hiring agency workers, implemented since January this year, could adversely impact some of the borough’s most vulnerable. KEN LEE reports Croydon Council’s children’s services department, which was given … Continue reading

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Unison: ‘irresponsible’ job cuts will have ‘devastating impact’

Trade union officials have strongly criticised Croydon Council’s plans to axe more than 400 jobs, saying that the on-going review is being rushed through “with little thought” and without proper consultation, and describing the job cuts at the Labour-run local … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Council makes 20% cuts to adult services

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the latest cuts at the council While Jo Negrini was having her lawyers haggle over the size of her six-figure pay-off for leaving her job as chief executive of the council, the scale … Continue reading

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Negrini reshuffles executive pack to cope with Henderson exit

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest changes in the executive suites at Fisher’s Folly The council could be looking to shave £150,000 or more per year from its on-going costs by not replacing Robert Henderson as the exec … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Council staff in frontline posts lose their jobs

The council’s hard-pressed children’s services department is among the first to lay-off staff, despite assurances from the council leader, while exec directors, on six-figure salaries, have escaped redundancy. STEVEN DOWNES reports Council staff, some of whom have been given notice … Continue reading

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After covid suspension, Ombudsman reopens for business

Council CEO Jo Negrini’s three-month amnesty from having complaints submitted about her authority to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is over. The Ombudsman is pretty much the only recourse that remains to residents of the borough if they … Continue reading

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Government broken promises over ‘coronavirus black hole’

Croydon North MP Steve Reed OBE has warned the government that local councils across the country face catastrophe due to a £10billion coronavirus “black hole”. Reed, Labour’s front bench spokesman on local government, reckons that councils may need to cut … Continue reading

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Health chief: ‘We are at the most dangerous time in a pandemic’

Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s director of public health, last night issued a stark warning to the council that ending the coronavirus lockdown prematurely would be “most dangerous”. Flowers was addressing a “virtual” meeting of the council cabinet, in which she and … Continue reading

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Care homes ‘responding well’ says Negrini – after 127 deaths

Deaths from coronavirus in Croydon’s care homes have reached 127, according to a report going before the council cabinet next Monday. The figures have been compiled by Public Health England and include all deaths from the disease up to Monday, … Continue reading

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Government plan for ‘as few people as possible’ to sleep rough

The government is moving to ensure that those rough sleepers who have been taken off the streets during the coronavirus crisis have no need to go back once the lockdown is over, announcing at the weekend that Dame Louise Casey … Continue reading

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Schools and undertakers come to council’s rescue over PPE

School children, dentists and undertakers have come to the council’s rescue by providing vital PPE for frontline staff and care workers, after the Town Hall failed to order in or stockpile sufficient equipment ahead of the covid-19 lockdown. The council … Continue reading

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Council denies using Coronavirus Act to axe adult care

KEN LEE reports on the latest controversy to hit Fisher’s Folly The leader of council was today demanding an apology from the Law Society – the governing body of all solicitors in England and Wales – after it published a … Continue reading

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Covid-19 a ‘ticking time bomb’ in borough’s 140 care homes

Croydon is among the London boroughs worst hit by coronavirus according to the latest government figures this weekend. And yet the pandemic death toll in this part of south London could be far worse once the fatalities are counted up … Continue reading

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‘Marigolds and bin-liners’: council care homes run out of PPE

Croydon Council has failed to provide vital safety equipment for hundreds of its carers risking their health and that of social care residents during the coronavirus lockdown. With NHS workers deeply concerned about a lack of personal protective equipment, or … Continue reading

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Oh calamity! Negrini’s not worried about 6/11 high risk ratings

The council’s finances have gone into  the red zone, according to CIPFA, and Croydon now has £1.4bn debt, the third-highest of any council in the country. But the Town Hall CEO says it is nothing to be concerned about. By … Continue reading

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What the election means for Croydon, Westfield and St Helier

After a long and sleepless night, our political editor WALTER CONXITE sifts through the wreckage of the General Election, and what it might mean for Croydon, and Sutton The fourth General Election since 2010 is significant because it is the … Continue reading

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Council to end contract for elderly sheltered housing care

The council is bringing back in-house the care of 237 older tenants in special sheltered flats and ending its contract with the existing private provider, following repeated complaints that the services provided had been falling below acceptable standards. It is … Continue reading

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Official figures show Croydon is capital’s worst for complaints

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, crunches some numbers and finds that according to the annual report from the Local Government Ombudsman, our council does not compare well, however you dress it up Official figures from the Local Government Ombudsman … Continue reading

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44 care homes in Croydon fail post-Grenfell fire safety tests

Figures from the Mayor of London show that 44 care homes in Croydon were failing to meet fire safety standards through London Fire Brigade audits carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The figures put Croydon as second worst in … Continue reading

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Council couldn’t care less: Ombudsman upholds 7 complaints

Croydon Council had seven public complaints upheld against it by the Local Government Ombudsman in the first three months of 2019, research conducted for Inside Croydon can reveal. The rulings resulted in several apologies from the council, and hundreds of … Continue reading

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Our children deserve help to improve their life opportunities

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is autism awareness week. There’s been events staged at the Town Hall, and tomorrow there’s a special meeting at which teens, young adults, parents, guardians and carers can discuss their situations with councillors and officials. SARAH BOWELL, … Continue reading

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Ombudsman finds systemic problems with adult social care

“It’s no longer just one-off mistakes; we’re seeing problems with systems, policies and the way procedures are being applied…” That’s the view of Michael King, the Local Government Ombudsman, as he has today published his office’s annual review of adult … Continue reading

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Local Offer website fails to meet standards under SEND laws

Parents and carers of children and young adults with SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability – claim that the new, malfunctioning Local Offer website launched by the council last month is not only full of broken hyperlinks and broken … Continue reading

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Council’s Autism Board failed to hold meetings for nine months

Croydon Council’s Autism Board failed to hold any meetings during a nine-month period from October last year. That’s according to a written response from the cabinet member responsible, Jane Avis. For a council which is struggling to improve its reputation … Continue reading

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Ombudsman annual report strongly critical of Negrini’s council

Jo Negrini, the council’s £200,000 per year chief executive, this week returned from holiday to her office on the ninth floor of Fisher’s Folly to find on her desk some excoriating criticism of how her organisation handles residents’ complaints. And … Continue reading

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