NEW CABINET MEMBER FOR CROYDON / BLUE BADGE MISUSE – FOURTEEN RELATIVES OF GENUINE HOLDERS FOUND GUILTY /REFUGEE CHILDREN IN LEWISHAM TO GET £363,000 IN FUNDING  

Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed, Croydon’s new cabinet member for economy and jobs.

NEW CABINET MEMBER FOR CROYDON

Croydon council welcome Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed to their cabinet this week as cabinet member for economy and jobs.
 
She succeeds Cllr Mark Watson, who is standing down from the cabinet following his decision not to seek re-election in May.

Cllr Shahul-Hameed has been a member of the council since 2006, when she was elected as ward councillor for Broad Green. She is currently chair of the health and wellbeing board and will be replaced by Cllr Maggie Mansell, who has held this role previously.

The former Mayor of Croydon takes up her post on Thursday (February 1st).

Council leader Cllr Tony Newman said: “We are sorry to lose Cllr Watson, who has made a significant contribution to Croydon in the more than 10 years he has been involved with the council, including the current turnaround in our economy and inward investment.

“He also brought Croydon its first Pride festival and has played a key role in helping to transform our borough into the modern and exciting place that it is today.” (Source: Croydon council press release)

BLUE BADGE MISUSE – FOURTEEN RELATIVES OF GENUINE HOLDERS FOUND GUILTY  

Fourteen more drivers have been found guilty and ordered to pay fines totalling £7,484 including court costs and surcharges after being caught misusing a Blue Badge in the absence of the badge holder.

All 14 were relatives of the Blue Badge holder.

Since the start of the Blue Badge misuse campaign launched in 2016, designed to stop abuse and protect the integrity of the scheme, a total of 69 drivers have now been prosecuted for misusing a Blue Badge, said a Bromley council statement.  The latest prosecutions follow incidents which took place between May and October 2017.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, Bromley’s executive councillor for environment said; “The startling fact in all of these prosecutions is that all of these motorists were relatives of the Blue Badge holder.

“We know that only a small minority of relatives are abusing the Blue Badge scheme but this abuse has to stop as it undermines the confidence we all have in the scheme and crucially, deprives Blue Badge holders from getting the parking space they actually need.” (Source: Bromley council press release)

REFUGEE CHILDREN IN LEWISHAM TO GET £363,000 IN FUNDING
 
Lewisham council have successfully applied for £363,220 from the Government to support unaccompanied refugee children in the borough.

A council press release says: “We will use the money to: increase the number of foster carers supporting refugee children; fund training for our foster carers and support refugee children leaving care.”

Cllr Kevin Bonavia, Lewisham’s cabinet member for resources, says: “We will use this new funding to support vulnerable refugee children in Lewisham. “Many have travelled alone for thousands of miles from war zones to reach safety here in Lewisham. “This extra money will help provide secure and loving homes for refugee children to grow up in.” Find out how to become a foster carer. (Source: Lewisham council press release.)

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