MP’s ANGER AT HOW RAPE VICTIM’S HONEST MISTAKE OVER INLAND REVENUE DEMAND – WHICH SHE THEN PAID – LED TO HOME OFFICE WITHDRAWING HER RIGHT TO STAY BECAUSE OF “TAX DISCREPANCY”

The utterly outrageous case of a woman rape victim who made an honest mistake on her tax return and paid the difference - only for the Home Office to scrap her right to stay because of a "tax discrepancy" - has been highlighted by Croydon North MP Steve Reed. Mr Reed raised the case during … Continue reading MP’s ANGER AT HOW RAPE VICTIM’S HONEST MISTAKE OVER INLAND REVENUE DEMAND – WHICH SHE THEN PAID – LED TO HOME OFFICE WITHDRAWING HER RIGHT TO STAY BECAUSE OF “TAX DISCREPANCY”

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….AND IMMIGRATION MINISTER’S RESPONSE

Caroline Nokes, minister for immigration:  The hon. Lady and many hon. Members have raised individual cases, which are of course central to this debate, but we must also reflect on the policy as a whole, and many hon. Members have requested that I do so…. I cannot comment on correspondence received by my predecessors back … Continue reading ….AND IMMIGRATION MINISTER’S RESPONSE

MICROWAVE THAT POTHOLE!

Croydon council have cooked up a new idea to deal with potholes on the borough's roads: Microwave them! They say new thermal technology allows contractors to heat the existing damaged road material until it is soft enough to be reshaped as a partial filling for the pothole, speeding repair times by up to 40per cent. … Continue reading MICROWAVE THAT POTHOLE!

NEW ONE-YEAR PROJECT AIMS TO STOP RESIDENTS BEING MADE HOMELESS IN CROYDON

A one-year trial project that helps Croydon residents avoid homelessness through tenancy training and matching them with responsible landlords has been started by Croydon council. For many people with challenges, ranging from debt problems to mental health needs or learning difficulties, falling behind with rent or breaching a tenancy contract is more likely to happen. … Continue reading NEW ONE-YEAR PROJECT AIMS TO STOP RESIDENTS BEING MADE HOMELESS IN CROYDON

BID TO STRENGTHEN ‘LAUGHING GAS’ BAN

Lambeth council are set to strengthen their 'laughing gas' ban which prevents people possessing or misusing psychoactive substances in public spaces across the borough. The council became the first London borough to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle laughing gas as a specific issue back in 2015. But they say the rules … Continue reading BID TO STRENGTHEN ‘LAUGHING GAS’ BAN

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

Young people in Croydon can access a fantastic array of free activities when school is out, with parks sessions, pop-ups and projects happening throughout July and August 2018. From DJ masterclasses to drama productions; seven-a-side football sessions to enterprise and employability workshops; music and art projects to confidence-building and counselling, there is a huge range … Continue reading SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

RAPPER NADIA ROSE PRAISES STREET ELITE GRADUATES

Street Elite is a mentoring programme helping young women find their feet in the workplace. Rising rap star Nadia Rose helped celebrate the latest graduates in Lambeth. Young Londoners who have benefited from the Street Elite sport and mentoring programme graduated at a sports festival in Lambeth on 14 June. Festivals in Southwark and Tower … Continue reading RAPPER NADIA ROSE PRAISES STREET ELITE GRADUATES

WINDRUSH DAY CELEBRATED

Croydon Mayor Bernadette Khan and Cllr Patsy Cummings (Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward) A unique flag was flown above Croydon town hall on Friday (22 June), to mark the UK’s inaugural Windrush Day – a celebration of the rich diversity that British Commonwealth citizens bring to the borough. The day marks 70 years since … Continue reading WINDRUSH DAY CELEBRATED

LEWISHAM AIM TO SETTLE MORE REFUGEES THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN LONDON / VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE

Pictured above are Damien Egan (far left), Cllr Kevin Bonavia (second from right) with a group of refugees. From Lewisham council: We are set to help a record number of refugees rebuild their lives. We are set to resettle more refugees than anywhere else in London. Some 100 families will benefit from our refugee resettlement … Continue reading LEWISHAM AIM TO SETTLE MORE REFUGEES THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN LONDON / VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE

IN PARLIAMENT: NETWORK RAIL ARCHES

WRITTEN QUESTIONS Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium sized businesses of Network Rail’s decision to sell its commercial property business. Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the … Continue reading IN PARLIAMENT: NETWORK RAIL ARCHES