Tag Archives: Council Tax

‘Doing a Northampton’: dire warnings from council failures

KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on how many of the failings from another council’s collapse can be recognised in Croydon’s crisis A report published last month about the financial collapse of a local authority has eerily familiar themes and … Continue reading

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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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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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4.88% Council Tax increase gets backing from Croydon Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on how the opposition group last night supported tax increases in the ‘last Blairite council in London’ The Conservative “opposition” group on Croydon Council last night voted with the majority Labour councillors to see Council … Continue reading

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Council threatens to quadruple Council Tax bills on empty flats

Our housing correspondent BARRATT HOLMES on the slow introduction of increased local taxes in an effort to deter the borough’s ‘executive apartments’ being used as investment vehicles and not as homes Absentee landlords with homes deliberately left vacant could face … Continue reading

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Town Hall meeting told to expect 4% Council Tax increase

Our political editor WALTER CONXITE on an admission from the council’s finance chief that they have little idea how to plan the borough’s budgets A Town Hall meeting has been told to expect a 4 per cent hike in Council … Continue reading

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Don’t mention the war! Council moves into the hotel trade

KEN LEE, Town Hall reporter, on the council’s latest wheeze to generate a bit of spare cash by buying up a loss-making hotel The council has bought the Croydon Park Hotel, the 4-star, 55-quid a night tower that’s well-used by … Continue reading

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Negrini’s council has 20 execs paid more than £100,000

Jo Negrini’s empire-building at Fisher’s Folly has seen Croydon’s unaccountable chief exec increase the number of council employees paid £100,000, while her own pay package has soared to more than £200,000. The figures are based on research conducted by The … Continue reading

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Council Tax lottery offer that is for the few, not the many

Would you trust your personal data to a bunch less competent than Cambridge Analytica? Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest wizard wheeze to promote the council’s crap app In Blairite-run Croydon, it’s a case of “For the two, … Continue reading

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Council Tax to increase by 5% just weeks before local elections

WALTER CRONXITE reports on the inevitable consequence of Tory government cuts to Croydon Council With the local elections just weeks away, Croydon’s council leader says that he has decided to be honest. “We are being honest with residents about Council … Continue reading

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Newman’s Christmas choice: more cuts or 6% Council Tax hike

Our political editor, WALTER CRONXITE, on the new ‘independence’ that Croydon’s leaders has been given to add £100 to Council Tax bills next year Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, and his deputy, Alison Butler, were out with other … Continue reading

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Balancing the books allows Labour to invest in Croydon

BUDGET COMMENTARY: With the council’s books balanced, a government-approved increase in Council Tax and front-line services being maintained by the Labour council, it is little wonder that the local Tories have so little to offer, writes Councillor ANDREW PELLING Croydon … Continue reading

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Tory Surrey’s plea for 15% Council Tax hike fails to help

WALTER CRONXITE reports on a piece of political posturing which will do little to improve the standard of social care and other services provided by local councils For Tony Newman and his Labour councillors who have been fretting over how … Continue reading

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Tories’ social care announcement will force Council Tax rise

In a quick break during last night’s everlasting planning committee meeting, WALTER CRONXITE crunched some numbers for the next round of Council Tax, and finds the Labour-run authority has been boxed into a vote-losing corner Theresa May’s Tory Government has … Continue reading

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Croydon’s well-paid councillors pay their Council Tax on time

WALTER CRONXITE on a new report that shows that in neighbouring boroughs, some councillors have not been punctual in paying their Council Tax bills Yet further evidence has emerged that Croydon Council Tax-payers may be forking out far too much … Continue reading

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Never mind the bollocks, here’s the Croydon Conservatives

It’s been Anarchy in the Town Hall this week, as our Tory councillors have been channelling their inner Johnny Rottens. WALTER CRONXITE suggests that such cunning stunts fail to serve their residents So who lost out from the decision of … Continue reading

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Newman hands Tories another gift over Council Tax

WALTER CRONXITE examines the budget options likely to be laid out before Monday’s cabinet meeting and at the full council meeting the following week It’s all over bar the shouting, and there’s sure to be some of that in the … Continue reading

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Newman bites the bullet to raise Council Tax by 3.99%

Tony Newman, who has spent most of his political career trying to shake-off the tag of “Mr 27 per cent” after a Council Tax increase the last time Labour had control of Croydon Town Hall, must be hoping that “Mr … Continue reading

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Trading standards office warning on Council Tax ‘rebate’ calls

The trading standards department at Croydon Council has issued a warning to residents to beware of companies offering a form of “research service” to get them a reduction in their Council Tax bills. A 72-year-old South Norwood resident was charged … Continue reading

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Tory Chancellor cuts £45m from Croydon Council’s funding

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory Government sneaked out some bad news for local authorities just before Christmas, and it is leaving Croydon Council seriously short-changed, says Councillor SIMON HALL The draft local government financial settlement was announced a week before Christmas, … Continue reading

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Council Tax increase ‘inevitable’, by as much as 3.9%

STEVEN DOWNES reports on the 2016-2017 Croydon Council budget, which sees more services cut, more jobs at risk, and charges rising It is “inevitable” that Council Tax in Croydon will rise in 2016, possibly by as much as 3.9 per … Continue reading

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BANNED: What has the Grey Label conference got to hide?

By Steven Downes, Editor, Inside Croydon Grey Label, the PR agency of choice of Croydon Council, has banned Inside Croydon from attending the property speculators love-in that they are “organising” at the Fairfield Halls today. This will be the sixth … Continue reading

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Council has no proper benefit analysis on £148,000 cycle race

Transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, crunches some numbers and finds that Croydon Council forked out £148,000 for one night’s cycle racing in the town centre and has absolutely no idea whether they got value for money Here’s a combination of words … Continue reading

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Long overdue that councillors take charge at our councils

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Our report last week about a controversial meeting between Sutton Council’s chief executive and one of the borough’s councillors annoyed our loyal reader ARNO RABINOWITZ. But he was not surprised There’s a terrifying tendency, not only in Croydon … Continue reading

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Boxpark loan deal turns councillors into a bunch of bankers

£3 million. So now we know how much tax-payers’ money it takes to bring a decent-sized business to the town centre. The Croydon Guardian reports that Croydon Council has gone into the banking business, making a £3 million loan to … Continue reading

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