Category Archives: Children’s Services

Fears over children’s services as another director quits council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Staff worry that an exodus of colleagues will desert bankrupt council before the worst of the cuts bite. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES Nick Pendry, Croydon’s director of early help and children’s social care, is to follow his … Continue reading

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‘Mistakes will be made’ warn staff after latest round of cuts

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Libraries to close, refuse dumps to close, while elderly, disabled and mental health services are to be cut. Even buses for SEND schoolchildren face the axe. Yet the council’s ‘renewal plan’ will still spend £37m more in … Continue reading

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Officials to investigate possible wrong-doing at council

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Selflessness. Integrity. Objectivity. Accountability. Openness. Honesty. Truthfulness. Leadership. The Nolan Principles in public office are at last to be used as a test of the council’s leaders. By STEVEN DOWNES An investigation into whether disciplinary action should … Continue reading

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The cuts: Fisher’s Folly to be sold and 3-weekly bin collections

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The problem facing Croydon Council as it seeks to balance its books is that, after a decade of Tory austerity, there’s precious little left to cut. STEVEN DOWNES reports The frustration with the slow pace of progress … Continue reading

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Croydon joins 27 London boroughs offering half-term meals

Croydon yesterday became one of 28 London boroughs to defy the Tory government and arrange for those children who normally receive free school meals to continue to be fed over the half-term holiday. No formal announcement has been made on … Continue reading

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The Audit Report: ‘Tony Newman always has been a coward’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: More senior council figures could lose their positions as a result of the Report in the Public Interest which was released last night, as the Town Hall politicians take stock of its consequences. KEN LEE reports Half … Continue reading

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Council had ‘corporate blindness’ and ignored warnings

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Auditors step in with damning Report in the Public Interest over the way in which the council’s finances had been mishandled. By STEVEN DOWNES Council staff were summoned into a meeting at barely 10 minutes notice this … Continue reading

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Newman ally Ali tipped as favourite to be council’s new leader

WALTER CRONXITE on the lacklustre contest among Labour councillors to become the Town Hall’s new chief Croydon Council should have a new leader as soon as tomorrow night. But the appointment looks as if it could present the borough with … Continue reading

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‘Are you joking?’ Two council staffers in Birthday Honours

MBEs have been awarded to two members of Croydon Council staff in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced overnight. Val Burrell-Walker, 57, who has been the council’s fair access manager for school pupils for the past 15 years, and Rashida Baig, … Continue reading

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£800 per day exec director job goes to ‘naughty step’ Jones

The Tower Hamlets council official who was in charge of that borough’s schools when Shamima Begum and two other girls were radicalised and escaped to Syria to become “jihadi brides” has just been appointed by Croydon as the borough’s interim … Continue reading

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Audit shows £9m shortfall in Hall’s property speculation deals

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Internal audit report will make very uncomfortable reading for the council leader and his finance chief, and shows worrying budget problems for most of the council-run schools. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor It is barely a week … Continue reading

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400 job cuts – but council is recruiting exec on £800 PER DAY

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Simmering anger among staff who fear they may lose their jobs is likely to turn to fury when they realise that the council’s top-down cuts are leaving the executive floors barely touched. Exclusive by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick under ‘review’ in council emergency budget

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the publication of a 24-page document which is an admission of six years of failure, and which comes ahead of ‘the most difficult few months the council has seen’ Brick … Continue reading

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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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SEND campaigners fight on after Panorama revelations

A worried mum who has been fighting for her young son to receive the education he needs, and to which he is entitled, says that despite an 18-month battle with her local council, the situation for families of children with … Continue reading

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Henderson leaves Croydon and ‘legacy of love and hope’

The executive director of the borough’s children’s and education services left the council on Friday with an emotional message to colleagues, saying it was “the best job I ever had”. By STEVEN DOWNES Eleventh-hour efforts to persuade Robert Henderson to … Continue reading

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Borough’s schools are left to implement own covid safety plans

Croydon Council has left it to the individual boards of governors of the borough’s schools to decide on what measures they and their headteachers need to take to ensure that their schools are “covid-safe” for a return to the classroom … Continue reading

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Negrini must not receive any reward for failures, says MP

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the immediate reactions to the departure of the council’s chief executive Any pay-off to Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s departing chief executive, would be “morally wrong at this time of financial … Continue reading

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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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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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‘Strong and stable’? Henderson is third to leave department

It was 2.43pm when the publish button was pressed yesterday at Inside Croydon Towers for our exclusive report of the imminent departure from the council of Rob Henderson, executive director of children, families and education. Two hours later, the council … Continue reading

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Croydon in crisis: Children’s services chief opts to leave

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the shock decision of one of the more respected executives at Fisher’s Folly to quit his council job Robert Henderson, Croydon’s executive director for children, families and education, is to leave the … 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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Parents crowdfund for Judicial Review of SEND services

There’s another group of angry parents who are preparing to take the authorities to court – Sutton EHCP Crisis. Sutton EHCP Crisis was formed by parents of children with SEND – special educational needs and disabilities – because of the … Continue reading

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