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New leader Ali is set to confront ‘shocking’ council finances

CROYDON IN CRISIS: After winning a Labour group selection battle by 22 votes to 19 over Alisa Flemming, Hamida Ali tells her supporters ‘the hardest graft ever is about to start’. By WALTER CRONXITE, political editor Hamida Ali has no … Continue reading

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‘None of the above’: 47% reject puppet leadership candidates

WALTER CRONXITE on an expression of public opinion that should be a cause of grave concern for whoever becomes Croydon Labour’s new Town Hall leader tonight Nearly half of Inside Croydon readers in an online poll published yesterday preferred “None … Continue reading

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Newman ally Ali tipped as favourite to be council’s new leader

WALTER CRONXITE on the lacklustre contest among Labour councillors to become the Town Hall’s new chief Croydon Council should have a new leader as soon as tomorrow night. But the appointment looks as if it could present the borough with … Continue reading

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£800 per day exec director job goes to ‘naughty step’ Jones

The Tower Hamlets council official who was in charge of that borough’s schools when Shamima Begum and two other girls were radicalised and escaped to Syria to become “jihadi brides” has just been appointed by Croydon as the borough’s interim … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick claim building on green space is ‘sustainable’

If there was any doubt of the contempt in which the residents of this borough are held by the six-figure salaried executives at Brick by Brick and their paymasters at Croydon Council, then one need only look at the back-slapping … Continue reading

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June 1 is too soon to go back to school, say teachers’ union

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on the potentially deadly dilemma facing the borough’s headteachers, parents and youngest pupils There’s growing doubts – and much scientific evidence – that next Monday is too soon for young children to be expected to go … Continue reading

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Flemming runs for Streatham – and Newman gives his backing

Alisa Flemming, the Croydon council cabinet member who was in charge of the borough’s children’s services when they descended into a dangerously “inadequate” state, as judged by Ofsted inspectors, is now looking to advance her own political career by running … 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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Flemming’s SEND strategy report gives much to live up to

The council cabinet meeting at the Town Hall on Monday saw Alisa Flemming present the council’s draft strategy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – SEND. Councillor Fleming is the council’s cabinet member for inadequate children’s services and failing schools. … Continue reading

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Council could seek more time to fix problem children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest, critical Ofsted report on the council children’s services department, which has 78% vacancy rate among  some of its social work teams Croydon Council could be forced to seek an extension to the … Continue reading

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Council’s short notice of New Addington special school event

A press release from our council’s dynamic press office slammed in to our email in-box just after 2pm today. Someone had thoughtfully passed it on to us, since the council’s press office seems to think they don’t need to deal … Continue reading

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Local Offer website fails to meet standards under SEND laws

Parents and carers of children and young adults with SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability – claim that the new, malfunctioning Local Offer website launched by the council last month is not only full of broken hyperlinks and broken … Continue reading

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Failing church secondary could re-open to new pupils in 2020

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, on how the council and the church are planning to re-open a Waddon secondary school – once all its current pupils have left St Andrew’s High could re-open as a church secondary in 2020 – … Continue reading

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Ofsted finds Croydon children in ‘neglectful circumstances’

Another day, another damning critique from a government agency of Croydon Council’s inability to manage the services it is supposed to provide. And yet again, no apology for the failures, nor acceptance of responsibility, from the council’s political leadership or … Continue reading

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Council failure over children’s services becomes election issue

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: The local Tories are suspicious over the sudden banning of a senior councillor from a key social services improvement board meeting. WALTER CRONXITE reports For Labour in Croydon, it has been the issue that they dare not mention … Continue reading

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‘Confusing, euphemistic, unclear, vague’: Flemming unravels

BBC Radio London’s Vanessa Feltz was withering in her criticism of an abject on-air performance by one of Croydon’s most senior councillors. Listening in to the car crash interview was WALTER CRONXITE Answers provided by Alisa Flemming, the Croydon Council … Continue reading

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Litany of council failures before brutal death of toddler

The death of a two-year-old in a brutal murder in Wolverhampton in 2016 has been linked to the failures of Croydon’s children’s services department. Croydon children’s services has responsibility for the borough’s fostered and adopted children, unaccompanied asylum seekers and … Continue reading

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Whitehall orders Camden to take charge of children’s services

An independent commissioner has recommended that Croydon’s crisis-hit children’s services department needs outside help, after failures of leadership and management. WALTER CRONXITE reports Pressure continues to mount on Tony Newman, the council leader, after the Department for Education last night … Continue reading

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Croydon’s ‘Olympic legacy’ has been turned into a private gym

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, reports on allegations of an abuse of public property by one of the country’s largest multi-academy trusts Council officials have been ordered to conduct an urgent investigation into how the Oasis Arena Academy in South … Continue reading

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Labour backs plan to build selective school on Green Belt

KEN LEE reports on a planning application that would lead to Croydon getting its first grammar school since the 1970s A planning application is being considered by the council to develop a site in Croydon’s Green Belt, concrete over some … Continue reading

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Croydon’s social workers having to deal with double case work

WALTER CRONXITE on the anxious wait at the Town Hall for the latest update on the council’s children’s services department Tony Newman, Croydon’s council leader, was described as “channeling his inner Young Mr Grace” at a meeting of his close … Continue reading

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Council hiring 12 social workers during recruitment freeze

WALTER CRONXITE on how the council has admitted it could take three years to fix the ‘inadequate’ children’s services department Another senior council employee has left their job abruptly from the misfiring “People” department. Until Friday, George Riley was listed … Continue reading

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Newman faces complaints as Labour selection grinds to halt

WALTER CRONXITE on the latest set of objections levelled at Croydon Labour’s leader With Jeremy Corbyn’s insistence on the need for “competence” in government ringing in his ears from the Labour Party conference, Tony “Soprano” Newman, the leader of the … Continue reading

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Croydon’s leadership may be resigned to change at the top

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, on last night’s potentially defining meeting of the council The body language spoke volumes. There, sitting behind council leader Tony Newman, the Labour councillors’ heads were down, the arms folded. Facing unremitting questioning after Ofsted … Continue reading

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