Category Archives: Tom Copley

Copley appointment puts City Hall selection in the mixer

The announcement that Tom Copley is to be London’s deputy mayor for housing will stir up Labour’s selection and election battles for the London Assembly, with the city going to the polling stations in May. Copley, who has been an … Continue reading

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Posted in 2020 London elections, Brick by Brick, Croydon Council, Housing, James Murray, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Patsy Cummings, Rowenna Davis, Sadiq Khan, Steve Reed MP, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Empty homes in Croydon soar by 50% with Butler in charge

The number of empty homes in Croydon increased by almost 50 per cent in the first four years that Alison Butler was the cabinet member for housing in the borough. Those are some of the shocking figures released today by … Continue reading

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Permitted development sees soaring numbers of second homes

Any suggestion that the drive, by property speculators, developers and their architect mates, to over-develop Croydon with thousands of flats is in any way really intended at addressing the homelessness crisis can be readily dismissed, after government figures reveal that … Continue reading

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£300 residents’ parking tax? Sign up for scrappage fund

If you’ve just been hit with a £300 bill from Croydon Council just for the “privilege” of parking your car near your home, or even if you’ve seen the previous £80 a year residents’ parking permit fee more than double, … Continue reading

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Copley welcomes Mayor’s £10m digital cable investment

The Mayor of London has announced a £10million fund to make it easier for people to connect online and get access to Inside Croydon. There might be one or two other uses, too, of a city-wide investment which seeks to … Continue reading

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Croydon residents spend 45% of their wage on private rents

While Croydon’s Labour-run council stages museum exhibitions on the history of the council house, as they meanwhile use public money to build houses for private sale which local residents cannot afford, a London Assembly Member has produced figures which shows … Continue reading

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Southwark councillor joins Labour selection battle for City Hall

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE suggests that only three entries for the race to be a candidate in Croydon and Sutton at next year’s London elections is being seen as a sign that few reckon there’s much of a chance of … Continue reading

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‘Chilling and concerning’ rise in number of rough sleepers

A Labour London Assembly Member has described Croydon’s growing homelessness problem as “chilling and profoundly concerning”. Rough sleeping has increased by 17 per cent in Croydon in the past year, according to figures released in the latest series of Greater … Continue reading

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Cummings in poll position with all-woman Assembly shortlist

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how Labour has finally got round to selecting candidates for next May’s London Assembly elections The fix is in. Labour announced yesterday morning that the selection of a candidate to stand for the party in … Continue reading

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Slums of the Future: Croydon has capital’s smallest micro-flat

Thousands of Croydon families are finding themselves in “cramped, substandard, and unaffordable homes” due to “flawed” government planning regulations, research published today claims. The report by London Assembly Member Tom Copley highlights Croydon has having more permitted development flats than … Continue reading

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44 care homes in Croydon fail post-Grenfell fire safety tests

Figures from the Mayor of London show that 44 care homes in Croydon were failing to meet fire safety standards through London Fire Brigade audits carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The figures put Croydon as second worst in … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Andrew Dismore, Bromley Council, Croydon Council, Kingston, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Outside Croydon, Southwark Council, Sutton Council, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Labour’s Copley calls on councils to build homes for social rent

A Labour London Assembly Member has called for local authorities in the capital to provide thousands more homes for social rent – what used to be called council homes – and for the scrapping of the Thatcherite Right To Buy … Continue reading

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O’Connell’s ‘reap what you sow’ remarks branded ‘terrifying’

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on how a Tory councillor has been forced into a climbdown after appearing to voice support for right-wing thugs after their assault on peaceful protesters There was cross-party condemnation last night for Steve O’Connell, the Croydon … Continue reading

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MP Jones ‘shocked’ as Philp’s new money claim proves false

Two of Croydon’s MPs have been in a spat over the details of the Tory Government’s latest initiative to help the homeless, after Croydon South Conservative MP Chris Philp was wheeled out for the broadcast media on Sunday night and … Continue reading

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Mayor hands residents power of veto over estate developments

Our housing correspondent, BARRATT HOLMES, on a U-turn by the Mayor of London that comes complete with a bundle of questions Residents’ groups across the borough, and their lawyers, will be poring over the details of a policy change by … Continue reading

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Croydon among worst areas in the country for homelessness

There will be more people sleeping rough on the streets of Croydon tonight than in the city of Birmingham. Those are part of the shocking statistics revealed by Shelter, the homelessness charity, who have used official government data and Freedom … Continue reading

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Assembly Member tells Barwell to ‘get a grip’ over housing

As Tory housing minister Gavin Barwell lamely tweeted this morning that the government housing White Paper he is introducing today “is not a silver bullet”, Labour’s housing spokesman at the London Assembly was telling the Croydon Central MP to “get … Continue reading

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90,000 children in London in temporary housing, report says

Fix this, minister. A report published today will land with a double thud on Gavin Barwell’s ministerial desk in his new office at the Department for Communities and Local Government. Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, our loyal reader may … Continue reading

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Boris’s farewell tour at the Fairfield goes out with a whimper

The hottest ticket in town? WALTER CRONXITE toddled along to the Fairfield Halls last night and found a faded star who had forgotten his lines So that’s how eight years of Boris’s London reign ends – a public meeting in … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Croydon Council, Fairfield Halls, Housing, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Tom Copley, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

£2,000 per month two-bed rent in London within four years

The average rent for a two-bed home in London will hit £2,007 a month by January 2020 if rents continue to rise at their current pace, according to research by a London Assembly member. That would mean that in little … Continue reading

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