Tag Archives: Home Office

MP Philp could miss deadline for 20,000 extra police officers

The Tory government’s luke-warm commitment to increasing the number of serving police officers saw an increase in 2022 – but many “new” officers were in fact PCSOs and special constables, as erstwhile “hobby bobbies” opted to go full-time. The government … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Crime, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No room at the inn? Home Office policies created migrant crisis

As we approach Christmas, ANDREW FISHER suggests that it’s worth recalling something of its true meaning Shortly after the birth of Jesus, an angel appeared to Joseph and urged him to seek refuge: “Get up! Take the Child and His … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Fisher, Business, Charity, Chris Philp MP, Community associations, Croydon South, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor Jason Perry, Mike Bonello, Purley Way | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tory Security Bill will ‘criminalise public interest journalism’

Britain under the self-proclaimed “compassionate Conservatives” moved much closer to becoming a police state this week with the passing of Priti Patel’s National Security Bill in the House of Commons. Warnings have been raised that the bill as it stands … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, London-wide issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Government to pay £2.3m of borough’s asylum children’s costs

The Home Office will pay an additional £2.3million to Croydon this year to cover the rising costs to the borough of being a first stop in this country for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The cash-strapped borough last month threatened to copy … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Robert Ward | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon warns Whitehall it will end taking child asylum-seekers

Just as the US-backed government in Afghanistan collapsed under assault from the Taliban, with potentially tens of thousands of people urgently seeking refuge outside their homeland, so Croydon Council has announced that it will refuse to take any more unaccompanied … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Improvement Board | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

£50m shortfall in Home Office payments for asylum children

The council says that the government has underpaid it by around £50million, money which it says is owed for taking care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who arrive in the UK in Croydon. The council claims that over the past decade … Continue reading

Posted in Children's Services, Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South, Hamida Ali | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bediako released from detention centre after 24-day battle

Joey Bediako, the Thornton Heath man facing forced deportation, was given an 11th-hour reprieve last night when he was released from the notorious Brook House detention centre near Gatwick Airport. The news was announced just after 8pm last night by … Continue reading

Posted in Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

MP Reed calls for halt to deportation of Thornton Heath man

By CLARA MURRAY A man from Thornton Heath has been detained for almost a month and is facing deportation on Wednesday despite being legally eligible to stay in the UK. Joey Bediako, 26, was taken “without warning” to the notorious … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon North, Steve Reed MP, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Philp slams shut Britain’s door to asylum-seeking children

Croydon Tory MP Chris Philp chose the eve of the annual Holocaust Memorial to announce that the government is slamming the nation’s doors shut in the face of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. The Dubs Amendment was passed in May 2016 in … Continue reading

Posted in Chris Philp MP, Croydon Council, Croydon South | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Home Office to provide advice on Windrush compensation

Officials from the Home Office will be attending a public event at CACFO – the Croydon African Caribbean Family Organisation – in Thornton Heath on Saturday November 9. This is the latest in a series of public events being held … Continue reading

Posted in CACFO, Community associations, Thornton Heath | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ruskin Square and Westfield in battle to secure Home Office

Multi-billion-pound developments in central Croydon could be forced to go head-to-head in a battle to secure the Home Office as tenants for their office buildings. According to a report published this morning by Property Week magazine, the Home Office is … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Business, Centrale, CPO, Planning, Property, Ruskin Square, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Housing scheme involves charity which informed Home Office

The council has announced that it has managed to house six people under a scheme which should provide 10 homeless people with homes by the end of next month, and another 10 over the course of the following 12 months. … Continue reading

Posted in Alison Butler, Charity, Croydon Council, Housing, London-wide issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

£4m Home Office cut is unfair to refugees and to Croydon

COUNCILLOR SIMON HALL on how the government has cut funding from Croydon towards looking after some of the most vulnerable new arrivals The refugee crisis across Europe has been making international headlines, with footage of human misery being shown nightly … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Fieldway, Simon Hall | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nightwatch charity chairman: “Our activities are legal”

This is the response from JAD ADAMS, the chairman of Croydon Nightwatch, to Croydon Council’s plans to move the charity’s nightly soup kitchen from Queen’s Gardens Nightwatch has been operating since 1976, it is the largest volunteer organisation in the … Continue reading

Posted in Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Croydon Council, Croydon Nightwatch, Taberner House | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Steve Reed MP: Phone calls, promotions and new policies

In his latest despatch from Westminster, Croydon North MP STEVE REED outlines what it was like to be part of the parliamentary reshuffles I was replying to constituents’ letters and emails in my office at Westminster when my phone rang. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon North, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Right? Honourable? Ottaway’s expenses easily forgotten

It wasn’t only Croydon Central’s Gary Barlow [SICK] [SIC] who got bumped up this week. Three other MPs with links to Croydon featured in the political parties’ re-shuffles, with David Cameron even singling out one time-serving, pocket-lining expenses-claimer for special … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 General Election, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Charity leader says Croydon should ignore EVF protest

Steve Chalke, the Croydon-born founder of Oasis, the social action charity, has urged people to ignore the English Volunteer Force demonstration due to take place outside the Home Office immigration HQ in Wellesley Road next week. Chalke’s opinion runs counter … Continue reading

Posted in Activities, Charity, Church and religions, Community associations, Education, Oasis Academy, Schools | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Union pulls out of hustings over exclusion of six candidates

One of the country’s biggest trades unions, the PCS, has pulled out of sponsorship and organisation of a hustings debate planned to be held in Thornton Heath on Tuesday evening because half the candidates for the November 29 Croydon North … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Andrew Stranack, Croydon Greens, Croydon North, Lee Jasper, Marisha Ray, Shasha Khan, Steve Reed MP, Winston McKenzie | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four Croydon police stations to close as Boris’s cuts bite

Four of Croydon’s police stations – Addington Village, Kenley, Norbury and South Norwood – are to be closed as London Mayor Boris Johnson wields the axe on the Met’s spending. And according to an internal Metropolitan Police document seen by … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 by-election, Addington, Boris Johnson, Crime, Croydon 8/8, Croydon North, Kenley, Mayor of London, Norbury, Policing, Sean Fitzsimons, South Norwood, Steve O'Connell, Steve Reed MP, Wayne Lawlor | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cuts put public at “unnecessary risk” says serving policeman

Swingeing police budget cuts introduced by the government are putting the Croydon public “at unnecessary risk”, Inside Croydon has been told by a serving officer. It is fair to say that the Conservative party has long cherished its reputation as … Continue reading

Posted in Boris Johnson, Crime, Croydon 8/8, London-wide issues, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The week at Westminster: Lillian’s Law in Queen’s Speech

ANDREW PELLING reviews the House of Commons work of the area’s MPs So that’s the first extended session of this Parliament over. The Queen’s Speech comes tomorrow. Gavin Barwell, the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, can look forward with deserved … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 Olympics, Andrew Pelling, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, Gavin Barwell, Malcolm Wicks MP, New Addington, Richard Ottaway MP, Tom Brake MP | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Corruption inquiry into Lawrence case could call on Osland

That Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is considering a public inquiry into allegations that police corruption undermined the hunt for the killers of Stephen Lawrence may be of interest for Croydon councillor David Osland. Osland, a Conservative councillor for Coulsdon … Continue reading

Posted in Coulsdon West, Crime, Croydon Central, David Osland, Gavin Barwell, London-wide issues, Policing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment