Category Archives: Fairness Commission

UnFairbnb: Council has nothing to show for £200,000 spend

EXCLUSIVE: Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, provides a reminder of another significant amount of council cash that was poorly spent – but helped line the pockets of ‘friends and family’ of the Town Hall’s Labour leadership Do you remember … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission report recommends Council Tax rise

Croydon’s Labour-run council should take full advantage of Tory Chancellor Gideon Osborne’s recent decision to allow a 2 per cent increase on Council Tax towards paying for adult social care. That’s a key recommendation in the final report of the … Continue reading

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Could do better: council chief gets low marks and no Marx

Tony Newman has got his bucket and spade ready for a weekend break at the seaside. As WALTER CRONXITE delivers his mid-term report on Croydon’s Labour council, he’s not expecting the Town Hall leader to bring him back a stick … Continue reading

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Tory benefit cuts about to make Croydon £27m poorer

WALTER CRONXITE tots up the financial impact of benefit cuts on Croydon – which were loyally voted through by the borough’s two Tory MPs Government cuts to benefits could affect 35,000 Croydon residents and will take more than £27 million … Continue reading

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‘Interesting’: the best Newman can say of his Fairness report

Is this what fulfills the definition of “damned by faint praise”? After committing £200,000 from Croydon’s hard-pressed budgets towards the Opportunity and Fairness Commission, this is all Labour council leader Tony Newman could find to say about the Commission’s interim … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission to stage Open Day, Sep 1

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission is to stage an Open Day on Tuesday, September 1. “The Open Day will be an opportunity for members of the public to directly contribute to the Commission’s work,” they announced. The Commission, a pet … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission’s youth competition gets just 10 entries

What do you get for £200,000 of public dosh? Not a lot, it seems, if the underwhelming response to Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s latest “youth engagement” efforts are anything to go by. Only 10 youngsters from across London’s most … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission’s iPad prize struggles to get response

When the crunch comes in Croydon over Tory Chancellor Gideon Osborne’s cuts, Council Tax-payers may be less than delighted to find that the £200,000 being spent on the borough’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission is going largely on a contract with … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission provides Blue Labour with opportunity

The consequences of the General Election result continue to roll out. Such as: What does Croydon’s Labour-run council do with its very Ed Miliband-esque Fairness and Opportunity Commission? “Fairness” is so redolent of the Milband era, it appears that Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Democratic control is an alien concept at the Town Hall

CROYDON COMMENTARY: What powers and influence do our elected councillors really have? ROD DAVIES, a local resident and a local authority official in the past, poses the questions Croydon Town Hall’s 70 elected councillors are all dependent on professional officers, … Continue reading

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Residents’ associations mobilise to get better say with council

The peasants are revolting. They may not just yet quite be at the point of storming Fisher’s Folly with lighted torches and armed with pitchforks, but dissatisfaction with the way Croydon Council is run and the manner in which public … Continue reading

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Opportunity fails to knock for Commission volunteers

It’s beginning to appear as if the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is not being regarded as much of an opportunity at all. An email has flooded into Inside Croydon’s inbox this afternoon. Its subject? “One Week to make a … Continue reading

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Fair’s fair, but Bishop has been given a task to test a saint

So now we know. The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission (as it has now finally resolved to be snappily titled) had its first meeting last night, where it revealed the members of the commission – the “commissioners” – and its … Continue reading

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Fairness Commission keeps public waiting before revealing all

The first public meeting of the council’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission will be staged next Wednesday, January 28, at Stanley Halls, South Norwood. Chaired by the Bishop of Croydon, the Right Reverend Jonathan Clark, the commission, which is supposed to … Continue reading

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