Tag Archives: GMB

Charity and unions fear 1m children to lose free school meals

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals as the Tory government rolls out its Universal Credit proposals, according to findings from The Children’s Society. And London will be the worst-hit region by … Continue reading

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Union calls on underpaid public service workers to #BinBarwell

After seven years of Tory-led government, real-terms wage cuts to public sector workers – nurses, teaching assistants and council employees among them – should translate into a ballot box backlash on June 8, with Croydon Central’s Conservative MP Gavin Barwell … Continue reading

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Adult social care ‘on brink of collapse’ due to Brexit uncertainty

Croydon’s NHS and social care system, already under extreme strain due to underfunding from central government, could be on the brink of complete collapse because staff, many of them EU nationals, face an uncertain future after Brexit. The warning is … Continue reading

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Library operators Carillion’s shady record on blacklistings

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, is not alone in being spied upon by her “friends”. The practice has been happening a lot closer to home, even in the workplace, and conducted on behalf of one firm that is coming … Continue reading

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Croydon in Crisis: Mystery over council’s £350,000 pay-offs

The public service workers’ union, the GMB, was tonight demanding an urgent independent investigation into why Croydon Council had spent a “profligate” £350,000 of public money on golden handshakes to four top-level employees in the past year. The payments have … Continue reading

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Croydon considers handing over children’s homes

Croydon’s latest exercise to “identify” publicly owned properties that can be handed over to John Laing as make-weights towards the £450 million urban regeneration project, which is delivering the splendidly palatial new council HQ offices, could see two children’s homes … Continue reading

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Mead says he’s “proud” of Croydon’s £50m uncollected tax

£50,237,631.33. Say it to yourself, slowly. Fifty million, two hundred and thirty-seven thousand, six hundred and thirty-one pounds. And thirty-three pee. That’s £50,237,631.33 of Croydon Council‘s money that has gone missing. £50,237,631.33 of your money lost forever. That’s the astonishing … Continue reading

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