Category Archives: Barbara Peacock

Croydon In Crisis: Council in disarray as Negrini quits

EXCLUSIVE: Unconfirmed reports suggest that the borough’s £220,000 pa chief exec is about to announce her resignation, leaving behind a trail of calamity as the Town Hall axes at least 400 jobs. By STEVEN DOWNES Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s chief … Continue reading

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Elvery’s colleagues exit amid council’s bullying scandal

The growing scandal surrounding Nathan Elvery, Croydon Council’s former chief exec, and his brief spell in charge at West Sussex County Council was ratcheted up a couple of notches this week, with a damning independent report about that local authority’s … Continue reading

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Council exec handed 76% pay rise, while CEO collects £213,000

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on some startling pay rises among the council’s elite executives While presiding over continuing austerity cuts to Town Hall budgets, staff redundancies and service reductions, all amid maximum Council Tax increases, Jo Negrini, the borough’s … Continue reading

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Council could seek more time to fix problem children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest, critical Ofsted report on the council children’s services department, which has 78% vacancy rate among  some of its social work teams Croydon Council could be forced to seek an extension to the … Continue reading

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Council £166,000 payments to staff are ‘rewards for failure’

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE finds that the council has plenty of cash to splash when it comes to paying out ‘golden goodbyes’ to senior staff In the past three years, cash-strapped Croydon Council has made “golden goodbye” payments totalling £166,994.88 … Continue reading

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Pendry named by Town Hall as new children’s social care chief

Nick Pendry has been named as the council’s new director for early help and children’s social care, due to take up his post in the troubled children’s services department in January. Pendry will report to Robert Henderson, who last month … Continue reading

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Council names Henderson as new exec for children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the replacement executive director for the council’s failing children’s services department arrives after having a role in the closure of a charity in another south London borough Almost six months after Barbara Peacock … Continue reading

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Job ads for social workers only tell part of the Croydon story

Our Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on an outbreak of doublespeak in a recruitment drive for the council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services Croydon would be unrecognisable to the people who actually live and work here if they had to rely on … Continue reading

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New Children’s Services director and a record of Ofsted failures

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE has found another instance where Croydon’s newest director has received strongly critical reports from Ofsted Further details have emerged of the of the career of the woman hired to fix Croydon’s failing Children’s Services department. … Continue reading

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Council hires children’s exec with Ofsted failure at previous job

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how Croydon’s replacement as the head of its failed Children’s Services department is someone who last year presided over another very troubling inspectors’ report Jo Negrini, Croydon’s chief executive, has announced today that the … Continue reading

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Children’s Services placed in special measures until 2020

Ofsted inspectors have ruled that Croydon Council cannot be trusted to run its own Children’s Services department without outside supervision for at least another two years. The decision has been announced following the second review visit from Ofsted which was … Continue reading

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Labour councillors angry over Negrini’s pre-election leak

KEN LEE reports on the fall-out from yesterday’s announcement that one of Croydon Council’s most senior executives is leaving her job Labour councillors, including some at cabinet level, are demanding to know why the council chief executive authorised the release … Continue reading

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Exec in charge of failed Children’s Services is to leave council

Just two years after a council ‘restructuring’ saw Barbara Peacock in charge of a super-directorate including housing, schools and social care, the £170,000 per year exec is leaving Croydon as part of… another ‘restructuring’. KEN LEE reports Barbara Peacock, Croydon … Continue reading

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Council failure over children’s services becomes election issue

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: The local Tories are suspicious over the sudden banning of a senior councillor from a key social services improvement board meeting. WALTER CRONXITE reports For Labour in Croydon, it has been the issue that they dare not mention … Continue reading

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Negrini’s council has 20 execs paid more than £100,000

Jo Negrini’s empire-building at Fisher’s Folly has seen Croydon’s unaccountable chief exec increase the number of council employees paid £100,000, while her own pay package has soared to more than £200,000. The figures are based on research conducted by The … Continue reading

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Council approves £30m school – despite 5,000 surplus places

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, provides lessons in arithmetic and reading comprehension for Croydon Council, after it cleared the way for the first selective state school in the borough for more than 40 years Croydon Council has removed Green Belt … Continue reading

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Here’s Minister’s letter that Newman didn’t trust you to see

Inside Croydon today publishes the letter sent last month by the then junior minister for children and families, Robert Goodwill, to Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, in response to the findings of a report on the borough’s failing … Continue reading

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Whitehall orders Camden to take charge of children’s services

An independent commissioner has recommended that Croydon’s crisis-hit children’s services department needs outside help, after failures of leadership and management. WALTER CRONXITE reports Pressure continues to mount on Tony Newman, the council leader, after the Department for Education last night … Continue reading

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DfE sends in Camden officials to assist with children’s services

The press release issued by council leader Tony Newman just before Christmas proclaiming success in turning around Croydon’s failing children’s services department turns out to have been the epitome of “fake news”. Others might be less charitable, and more accurate, … Continue reading

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Council withholds Brazil’s report on failing children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the somewhat partial announcement from Tony Newman’s propaganda department that ‘you’re all doing very well’ As they wind down before Christmas, Croydon Council’s press office this lunchtime issued the latest “You’re all doing very … Continue reading

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Croydon’s social workers having to deal with double case work

WALTER CRONXITE on the anxious wait at the Town Hall for the latest update on the council’s children’s services department Tony Newman, Croydon’s council leader, was described as “channeling his inner Young Mr Grace” at a meeting of his close … Continue reading

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Council hiring 12 social workers during recruitment freeze

WALTER CRONXITE on how the council has admitted it could take three years to fix the ‘inadequate’ children’s services department Another senior council employee has left their job abruptly from the misfiring “People” department. Until Friday, George Riley was listed … Continue reading

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Ombudsman rules council neglected Down’s Syndrome woman

A Government Ombudsman ruling will see Croydon Council pay nearly £5,000 to a family after it was found to have failed in his duties to a young disabled woman. This is the second finding of this kind against the council … Continue reading

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Parents of autistic boy left angry as Peacock tries to shift blame

KEN LEE, our Town Hall correspondent, on the latest series of serious blunders by the council’s under-fire executive director Barbara Peacock, the under-pressure executive director of the council’s “People” division, yesterday responded to a resident’s complaint about her department’s failure … Continue reading

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Newman moves to gag Labour councillors over Ofsted crisis

WALTER CRONXITE on the Town Hall Labour group’s second ‘secret’ meeting of the week and flailing efforts to ban councillors from speaking to this website Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Labour, has this week demonstrated his determination to defend … Continue reading

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