Category Archives: Youth Services

‘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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Council’s prestige £6.5m youth project opening gets delayed

Four years after they announced the project in a flurry of mutual back-slapping, the council’s leadership has gone quiet as the Legacy Youth Zone has missed its deadline, reports KEN LEE There has been an unusual, for him, silence from … Continue reading

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Thousands of families helped by £657,000 holiday club fund

Croydon Council has managed to make a successful bid for government funding, with a £657,000 award announced yesterday towards a scheme to provide free summer holiday activity clubs and healthy meals for children from some of the borough’s poorest families. … Continue reading

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You’re hired! Council takes on two dozen apprentices

Croydon Council has taken on 24 apprentices this week as part of a campaign to create more training and job opportunities for local young people. The new recruits arrived as the council launched a campaign called Choose Your Future, encouraging … Continue reading

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Council leader forced to resign over critical Ofsted report

WALTER CRONXITE reports on another local government Carr crash over failures to provide adequate social services The pressure is mounting this weekend on Tony Newman, the Labour leader of Croydon Council, over his and council officials’ response to the highly … Continue reading

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Negrini tells staff: ‘There are some things that we don’t do well’

While the government has had to step in to safeguard vulnerable children in the borough, Jo Negrini, Croydon’s £185,000 a year chief executive, has failed to apologise for her organisation’s failings nor taken responsibility for the shortcomings highlighted in today’s … Continue reading

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Commissioner appointed to oversee children’s services

An expert who oversaw reforms of a London council’s social services department following the notorious Baby P tragedy has been appointed by the government to look into Croydon’s failing children services. Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, announced at lunchtime that … Continue reading

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Council’s ‘Rottweiler behaviour’ sent carer to brink of suicide

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Last week, we reported how the Local Government Ombudsman had found “a catalogue of unacceptable failings by London Borough of Croydon, which has left a family stretched to breaking point”. Here, in a shocking criticism of the way … Continue reading

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Peacock lands Town Hall top job for social care and housing

Barbara Peacock, a former senior council employee, has landed the executive director job in charge of education, housing and social care in the borough, the council announced this morning. Peacock will succeed Paul Greenhalgh as “executive director, people”, when he … Continue reading

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Budget-busting 25 quid bribe ignores Croydon’s £1bn debt

Have you received your Council Tax bill this week? Wonder how Croydon Council can afford to pay out £25 to residents? With the Town Hall having accumulated £1 billion debt in the last eight years, SIMON HALL, pictured, says that, … Continue reading

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Budget consultation condemned as just “meaningless jargon”

Croydon Council’s “budget consultation” closed last night. Those residents who managed to find this under-publicised online exercise condemned it broadly for its use of impenetrable language and its many meaningless questions. Some complained to Eric Pickles, the local government minister. … Continue reading

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Council to close New Addington library in September

Inside Croydon has received reports that staff at the Croydon Adult Learning And Training – CALAT – in New Addington have been told that the planned move of the local library into their building will take place in September. The … Continue reading

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Where does the buck stop for Croydon’s damning audit report?

Last week, Mike Fisher, the leader of the Conservative group which controls Croydon Council, said: “It is important for us to ensure all necessary lessons are learned, and that public money is better safeguarded in the future. This needs to … Continue reading

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South Norwood Community Festival: next Saturday, July 7

The South Norwood Community Festival takes place next Saturday, July 7, from 10am, offering a range of free activities, music and displays throughout the day, all in aid of local charities. Based around South Norwood Clock Tower on Station Road, … Continue reading

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Concrete Croydon gets a pop-up youth club: for one night only

For one summer’s evening only, Croydon is going to be able to enjoy having a youth service. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. “The Croydon Club” will have an official opening. And then it will close just four hours later. … Continue reading

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