Category Archives: Simon Hall

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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Chancellor is taking an axe to councils’ magic money tree

Croydon Council has more than £1bn of borrowings – half of which has gone on Brick by Brick and the purchase of some commercial properties. Proposals contained in the Budget this week could put an end to that, as KEN … Continue reading

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Labour council threatens £1m of cuts over mayor referendum

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, watched Monday night’s full council meeting so you didn’t have to Croydon Council will spend £1million on staging, and contestng, a referendum over whether the borough should have a mayor directly elected by all Croydon’s … Continue reading

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Newman’s £100,000 governance review that’s going nowhere

KEN LEE on some of the more gruesome findings in a council-commissioned report about Croydon’s ineffective council Even the majority of Croydon’s elected councillors don’t think Croydon Council is “very effective”. That’s just one of the damning findings buried in … 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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Victory for Friends’ group as council abandons park land sale

Thousands of objections from residents have forced Croydon Council into a U-turn on its scheme to flog off a Victorian park lodge and a strip of Grangewood Park. But as our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, has discovered, despite declaring … Continue reading

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Governance review costs soar as Newman nobbles the panel

A report on the way in which Croydon Council is governed, already three months late, will now not be finished until the end of the year, and is costing four times its original budget. The Croydon governance review – a … Continue reading

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Council tries a cover-up over £41m spent on Fairfield Halls

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the latest attempt by council officials to disguise blundering that is costing the borough millions The increasingly secretive Croydon Council has taken to hiding behind its wholly owned building firm, Brick by Brick, as it tries … Continue reading

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Councillor employed by Oasis charity makes grant to Oasis

Inside Croydon has discovered that Conservative councillor Gareth Streeter managed to oversee a £1,500 donation from council funds towards a group from the Oasis academy chain – the very same Oasis chain which is associated with the Oasis charity where … 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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