Tag Archives: Lunar House

Council welcomes extra £4m for asylum seeker care costs

The government has agreed to pay an additional £4million per year to Croydon towards the costs the council incurs in caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, or UASCs. Over the past decade, Croydon has looked after more than 5,000 unaccompanied asylum-seeking … Continue reading

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Ruskin Square signs government tenant in £300m deal

Schroders have announced a multi-million-pound deal with Whitehall to build and rent out a second large office block at Ruskin Square, their £500million development next to East Croydon Station. And in doing so, they may well have pulled the rug … Continue reading

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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

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Croydon MP warns of mounting crisis in Calais refugee camps

Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon Central, today branded the Tory government “a disgrace” for failing to fulfil its undertakings under the Dubs scheme to accept unaccompanied child refugees from camps in northern France. Jones has been on a visit … Continue reading

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Protestors use Stormzy’s music to drown out fascist chants

There have been calls for far-right groups who try to hold rallies around Lunar House, the Home Office’s passport and visa office in central Croydon, to be forced to pay for the policing of their events and other related costs. … Continue reading

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Local charities carrying burden as NHS fails asylum seekers

Asylum seekers are being left behind in using health services, because their greatest need is just surviving the day, rather than health issues, according to a report from Healthwatch Croydon. The report – Refugees and Asylum Seekers: The health and … Continue reading

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£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

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‘I don’t come from round here. I am a migrant, too’

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After watching the news, PETER UNDERWOOD has a confession to make The BNP has decided to parade its ignorance in the centre of Croydon tomorrow. When I see their members’ nasty, hate-filled, anti-immigration stance – echoed by too … Continue reading

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Protest group: ‘We must never give a foothold to the Nazis’

By Stephen Aselford, chair of Croydon DPAC On September 5, Croydon Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) will be protesting alongside local trade unions and anti-fascists against the BNP coming to Croydon. Standing up to racism and fascism is a key … Continue reading

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Unions call for support for anti-BNP rally at Lunar House

Local trades unionists and activists are to hold a rally outside Lunar House on September 5, as a counter-demonstration to a protest by the fascist British National Party. The BNP, possibly accompanied by some of their mates from the EDL, … Continue reading

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“Standing up to the EVF was the right thing to do”

DAVID WHITE took to the streets of Croydon on Saturday to make a stand against the EVF When racist or fascist groups take to the streets, should we ignore them or demonstrate against them? This dilemma faced multi-racial Croydon when … Continue reading

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Tory MP Ottaway decries EVF demonstration as “rubbish”

Lord Bletchingley has spoken. The MP for Croydon South is usually far too busy to deal with matters affecting Croydon as a whole, what with his role at Westminster on the foreign affairs committee, filling in his expenses claims or, … Continue reading

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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

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Installation that puts the guf into Ruskin Square

As you’ve stood on the platforms at East Croydon lately, have you wondered what the eclectic collection of random fixtures on the vacant site that was supposed to be “the gateway” to Croydon might be? There’s some explanation in this … Continue reading

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Croydon, 21st century slavery and the sex trade

Did you think slavery had been abolished nearly 200 years ago? Not in Croydon it hasn’t. When you read a magazine article like the one we found in The Observer a couple of weeks ago, you cannot fail but be … Continue reading

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