Tag Archives: Covid-19

Negrini’s £437,000 pay-off: who is going to pay it back?

Council chiefs, auditors and lawyers are exploring the recovery of the golden handshake paid to the former chief exec, which has caused public outrage since Inside Croydon first revealed the amount. By STEVEN DOWNES The trade magazine for local councils … Continue reading

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Covid claims life of 20,000th Londoner since start of pandemic

The latest data from the NHS shows that 20,000 Londoners have died within 28 days of a positive covid-19 test since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. In Croydon alone, 1,030 people have died from covid within the … Continue reading

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Even the Town Hall meetings don’t work at bankrupt council

In the time-honoured words of EJ Thribb, ‘And so farewell then…’. As many as 35 of the borough’s 70 councillors who were elected in 2018 won’t be Town Hall regulars after the May 5 elections. Political Editor WALTER CONXITE bids … Continue reading

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BRIT School stages charity premiere from the covid Frontline

The BRIT School has partnered with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to support its dedicated charity by staging a world premiere of an original new play about the impact of covid-19. On April 27 and 28 around two dozen Year … Continue reading

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Charity call to restore free covid tests for care home visits

Two-thirds of Londoners oppose the scrapping of free covid tests for visitors to care homes, a survey conducted on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society has found. More than a thousand people have written to their MPs to echo calls from Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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NHS now begins roll-out of covid jabs for 5-to-11-year-olds

Nearly 1million under-11s in London are being offered covid-19 vaccines from this week. Parents and carers of children aged from five to 11 are able to book a jab for their children from today, as the biggest and most successful … Continue reading

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Covid cases surging, as virus claims 1,200th Croydon victim

Just weeks since party-goer Boris Johnson tried to con the nation (again) by making out that covid was somehow “over”, and started removing all government restrictions on mask-wearing and dropping the need for people to self-isolate if testing positive, and … Continue reading

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Street dancer shows its hip to be jabbed to help your family

A street dancer from Croydon said his fear of needles prevented him from coming forward to get his first covid-19 jab. Shandy South, 54, who has worked across the world as a hip hop dancer, said he got his first … Continue reading

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Health director warns on covid: ‘Let’s not ease off too quickly’

Boris Johnson and the Russian-funded Tories and sycophants in and around his cabinet might think that covid has been “dealt with”, but that seems to be far from the opinion of the people who really deserve the public’s trust: scientists … Continue reading

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Hospital ancillary staff in strike ballot over G4S covid pay

Porters and cleaners at Mayday Hospital are to be balloted by their union, the GMB, over whether to take strike action over pay rates and access to sick pay. The workers, who are employed by outsourcing giants G4S, voted overwhelmingly … Continue reading

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Covid positive after first full Town Hall meeting for two years

WALTER CRONXITE, our fully masked and vaccinated political editor, reports on how many of the borough’s politicians went canvassing at the weekend despite having been warned that there had been a virus positive case at a meeting they attended on … Continue reading

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Council’s covid offer for businesses: £177 FSB membership fee

Businesses in the borough can now benefit from a free one-year membership with the Federation of Small Businesses. The memberships will provide local firms with access to resources and advice on topics such as law, finance and staffing, networking opportunities, … Continue reading

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What a waste! Tory billions could pay to freeze your Council Tax

The Conservative government is punishing the people of Croydon by refusing to write off any of the council’s debts – but they are happy to write off £13billion from their own cock-ups in Whitehall. By ANDREW FISHER Croydon Council has … Continue reading

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Labour council passes £5.7m cuts to benefits for vulnerable

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Town Hall leaders, most of whom presided over the council’s financial collapse, last night voted to take £116 per month from the borough’s poorest and most vulnerable. But the vote was not as straightforward as they expected. … Continue reading

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Businesses encouraged to pitch for part of £2m Omicron fund

The council is distributing more than £2million in government grants as financial support to local businesses which face uncertainty due to covid-19. Unlike the borough’s hard-pressed food banks and voluntary groups, the council is at least giving owners of hospitality … Continue reading

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‘Do the right thing’ as Mayor asks Londoners to keep masked

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set himself on a collision course with anti-vaxxers and right-wing self-proclaimed “libertarians” by insisting that bus, Tube and tram passengers will still be expected to wear masks, even after the government relaxes its so-called “Plan … Continue reading

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South Croydon one of 56 postcodes hit by covid mail delays

Households in the CR2, South Croydon, postcode, West Norwood (SE27) and West Wickham (BR4) are among 56 postal areas warned that their mail deliveries could face delays because of covid-related staff shortages. Royal Mail issued the urgent warning yesterday. Delivery … Continue reading

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Mayday! Hospital workers protest against lack of covid sick pay

Porters and cleaners at Croydon’s Mayday Hospital are to stage a protest later this month after their employer – private NHS contractor G4S – stopped paying covid positive hospital workers’ occupational sick pay. The employers refusing to pay staff for … Continue reading

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‘Unbelievable’: Barwell joins chorus of condemnation for PM

Tory grandees, and Gavin Barwell, have begun to turn on Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his and his wife’s attendance at what The Times was today describing as a “boozy shindig” in the Downing Street garden during the first covid … Continue reading

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Christmas presence: local NHS delivered 250,000 covid jabs

NHS staff and volunteers across the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group area worked long hours through the festive period, including on Christmas Day, administering nearly 250,000 jabs to help protect the public from covid-19 – the biggest vaccination programme … Continue reading

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After wasted decade, Mayoral candidates need town centre plan

How do you replace a long-promised but never delivered £1.4bn redevelopment in the town centre? In his first column of 2022, ANDREW FISHER (left) offers some suggestions Croydon’s town centre has suffered a torrid time of late. The biggest queues … Continue reading

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Care provider to recruit 50 assistants to meet covid demand

Bluebird Care, the home care provider with an office on Brighton Road, is to recruit another 50 care assistants in 2022, in part, at least, to meet the additional demand for the company’s services created by the covid-19 pandemic. Bluebird … Continue reading

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Here was the news: Inside Croydon’s most-read articles of 2021

All the numbers are in, counted and verified… Here’s the top 10 most-read Inside Croydon articles of 2021. In reverse order…

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Croydon 2021: voter apathy, petrol queues and dodgy deals

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: In our final instalment of our annual review of the stories that attracted the most attention in 2021, we reach the season of missed opportunities and not much fruitfulness, as far as Croydon Labour … Continue reading

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Covid emergency ‘surge hub’ is to be built in south London

England is hurtling towards a New Year surge of covid positive cases, thanks in large measure to the do-nothing government of Boris Johnson refusing to implement additional precautions over the Christmas period, coupled with its failure to supply enough testing … Continue reading

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