Category Archives: Council Tax

Croydon in crisis: BBC says at least five councils could go bust

WALTER CRONXITE reports on how local authorities across the country have been left high and dry by the government over meeting the ‘unsustainable’ costs of the coronavirus emergency Coronavirus has seen Croydon Council incur more costs than all but eight … Continue reading

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Our frontline heroes could lose their jobs, MP Reed warns

The frontline heroes we’re cheering today will lose their jobs tomorrow if the government break their promise to fund whatever’s necessary to get communities through this crisis. That’s according to Croydon North MP Steve Reed OBE, speaking in the House … Continue reading

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Croydon now has three employees paid £200,000+ per year

Our political correspondent, WALTER CRONXITE, reports on the latest startling figures coming out of the council Croydon Council had three members of staff who took home more than £200,000 in the last financial year for which figures are available. That’s … Continue reading

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Council Tax relief announcement delay nets £20m to Town Hall

Croydon is rolling out a series of covid-19 financial relief schemes for Council Tax-payers, but just a bit reluctantly, as KEN LEE reports Residents of the borough can now access a package of support with their Council Tax payments, including … Continue reading

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Council mobilises volunteers to deliver support to the needy

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the latest special measures being taken by Mint Walk to deal with the covid-19 emergency Croydon Council took on a key emergency responsibility yesterday as the coronavirus emergency lockdown entered its second week. … Continue reading

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Town Hall sneaks out news of its latest 3.99% Council Tax hike

Croydon’s Council Tax will increase by almost 4 per cent from April. That was the announcement sneaked out of the Town Hall by Tony Newman and his numpties last night, in what has become a now near-annual ritual as the … Continue reading

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Times are tough, as council struggles to make ends meet

Just how can a council such as Croydon keep going when its government grant has been cut by 76 per cent? WALTER CRONXITE reports Times are tough in local government. Local government has been hit especially hard by Tory austerity, … Continue reading

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4.88% Council Tax increase gets backing from Croydon Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the opposition group last night supported tax increases in the ‘last Blairite council in London’ The Conservative “opposition” group on Croydon Council last night voted with the majority Labour councillors to see Council … Continue reading

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Council threatens to quadruple Council Tax bills on empty flats

Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the slow introduction of increased local taxes in an effort to deter the borough’s ‘executive apartments’ being used as investment vehicles and not as homes Absentee landlords with homes deliberately left vacant could face … Continue reading

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Town Hall meeting told to expect 4% Council Tax increase

Our political editor WALTER CONXITE on an admission from the council’s finance chief that they have little idea how to plan the borough’s budgets A Town Hall meeting has been told to expect a 4 per cent hike in Council … 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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What a relief! Boxpark traders get helping hand from council

Boxpark, the booze and food outlet in a collection of old shipping containers next to East Croydon Station, has been given yet more help from the council in an attempt to staunch its exodus of tenants. Boxpark’s dwindling number of … Continue reading

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Council Tax lottery offer that is for the few, not the many

Would you trust your personal data to a bunch less competent than Cambridge Analytica? Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest wizard wheeze to promote the council’s crap app In Blairite-run Croydon, it’s a case of “For the two, … Continue reading

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Now head of revenues and benefits leaves over ‘The Godfather’

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the latest high-ranking casualty of Croydon Council’s ‘Godfather Affair’ Karen Sullivan, Croydon’s head of revenues and benefits, has become the third senior council employee in a month to leave their job at Fisher’s Folly as a … Continue reading

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Council Tax to increase by 5% just weeks before local elections

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the inevitable consequence of Tory government cuts to Croydon Council With the local elections just weeks away, Croydon’s council leader says that he has decided to be honest. “We are being honest with residents about Council … Continue reading

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Newman’s Christmas choice: more cuts or 6% Council Tax hike

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the new ‘independence’ that Croydon’s leaders has been given to add £100 to Council Tax bills next year Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, and his deputy, Alison Butler, were out with other … Continue reading

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Auditors discover £1.6m missing from council revenues

Things are just not adding up properly at Croydon Council, writes Town Hall reporter KEN LEE So how has Croydon Council managed to misplace £1.6million of public money? That’s the question arising from Grant Thornton’s audit of the local authority’s … Continue reading

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Council officials play the gooseberry fool with their Friday poll

Rest easy, loyal reader, if you are at all concerned that your Council Tax is not being spent to get the very best value. Because clearly, no efforts are being spared to make the borough a public laughing stock. This … Continue reading

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Balancing the books allows Labour to invest in Croydon

BUDGET COMMENTARY: With the council’s books balanced, a government-approved increase in Council Tax and front-line services being maintained by the Labour council, it is little wonder that the local Tories have so little to offer, writes Councillor ANDREW PELLING Croydon … Continue reading

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Tory cuts force Newman to increase Council Tax by 4.3%

With 14 months to go until the next local elections, this year’s council budget has fired the starting gun on the Town Hall political campaign. WALTER CRONXITE reports on a Labour gamble to hint at no local tax increases above … Continue reading

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Tory Surrey’s plea for 15% Council Tax hike fails to help

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a piece of political posturing which will do little to improve the standard of social care and other services provided by local councils For Tony Newman and his Labour councillors who have been fretting over how … Continue reading

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Tories’ social care announcement will force Council Tax rise

In a quick break during last night’s everlasting planning committee meeting, WALTER CRONXITE crunched some numbers for the next round of Council Tax, and finds the Labour-run authority has been boxed into a vote-losing corner Theresa May’s Tory Government has … Continue reading

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Croydon’s well-paid councillors pay their Council Tax on time

WALTER CRONXITE on a new report that shows that in neighbouring boroughs, some councillors have not been punctual in paying their Council Tax bills Yet further evidence has emerged that Croydon Council Tax-payers may be forking out far too much … Continue reading

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Newman hands Tories another gift over Council Tax

WALTER CRONXITE examines the budget options likely to be laid out before Monday’s cabinet meeting and at the full council meeting the following week It’s all over bar the shouting, and there’s sure to be some of that in the … Continue reading

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Newman bites the bullet to raise Council Tax by 3.99%

Tony Newman, who has spent most of his political career trying to shake-off the tag of “Mr 27 per cent” after a Council Tax increase the last time Labour had control of Croydon Town Hall, must be hoping that “Mr … Continue reading

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