Tag Archives: Ministry of Truth

1.85%: Croydon in a Pickles over Council Tax hike

Mike Fisher, the leader of the Conservative group that tries to run Croydon Council, tonight raised the white flag at the Town Hall when – at the latest possible moment on a Friday evening just before half-term week – he … Continue reading

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Few takers for Croydon’s £1.1m post-riots rates scheme

Eighteen months after the Croydon riots, and a senior councillor has been forced to admit that a £1.1 million scheme that was to attract 2,000 jobs to  the worst affected areas of the borough has yet to get underway, mired … Continue reading

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Council’s Ministry of Truth spends record amounts on staff

Hayley Lewis, the trained psychologist who Croydon employs as its “Head of customer communications and strategy”, once suggested that a council communications department is “an unnecessary burden”. How prescient. On her personal blog, Lewis added a convenient “?” to present … Continue reading

Posted in Croydon Council, Danny Brierley, Hayley Lewis, Jon Rouse, Local media, Mike Fisher | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Croydon’s CEO refuses to allow press to attend public meeting

Only in the dystopian, secretive world of Croydon in 2012 could an open meeting begin with a public servant, the £248,000 council chief executive, demanding that the press must leave. That’s exactly what happened yesterday at a West Croydon Community … Continue reading

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Flip flop? Croydon’s library privatisation flipped into a flop

Did we say flip flop? The news of the awarding of the library management contract to swimming pool managers GLL which we related earlier this week has taken a further twist today, with the 14-month-long procurement process which has cost … Continue reading

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Croydon spends £1.7m on consultants and saves… £800,000

Croydon Council’s press department has surpassed itself with its latest release, which makes the exaggerated and wholly inaccurate headline claim of “Millions recovered from fraudulent council tax claims”. Once again, Croydon Council has shown that it is not to be … Continue reading

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From shrink to spin doctor: now Lewis has gone all coy

Confirmation, of sorts, that Hayley Lewis, Croydon’s Head of Customer Strategy and Development, is being lined up for a move to lead the council’s Ministry of Truth (despite an absence of any previous press, media or PR experience) came within … Continue reading

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Thomas shows true grit with £37m of Croydon’s money

Mouchel is a service company in crisis. But that hasn’t stopped their subsidiary winning a massive contract to maintain roads in Croydon, writes ANDREW PELLING When not advertising the borough’s brothels or handing down the latest tablets of wisdom straight … Continue reading

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Rubbish? Greens smell a rat over this recycling scheme

As anticipated, there’s nothing more likely to stir up a bit of local interest than a load of old rubbish. But please don’t expect this to be another column about Richard Ottaway. Our rubbish report earlier this week about the … Continue reading

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Costly council Question Times offer few answers

Real local accountability, or a costly box-ticking exercise? Our roaming correspondent SOUTHSIDER went to the latest Croydon Question Time event this week for this report Earlier this year, Croydon Council – motto “Proud to Serve” – felt that £60,000 a … Continue reading

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