OPINION – HOMES FOR LAMBETH: CARILLION Mk II?

Homes for Lambeth is a financial disaster waiting to happen. A council which says it has NO money to repair homes on six council estates they want to demolish, NO money to run libraries NOW decides its going to BORROW LOADSAMONEY to lend to a new company it's just set up. It sounds like a … Continue reading OPINION – HOMES FOR LAMBETH: CARILLION Mk II?

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As Carillion collapses: CROYDON TAKE LIBRARIES BACK ‘IN HOUSE’

Croydon council have announced today (January 15th) it intends to terminate its contract with troubled contractor Carillion and will take its libraries back in-house and protect library staff jobs. Government services provider Carillion is to go into liquidation, it stated this morning. The company took over the running of Croydon’s libraries in 2012. In a … Continue reading As Carillion collapses: CROYDON TAKE LIBRARIES BACK ‘IN HOUSE’

POST-GRENFELL WARNING TO GOVERNMENT – Councils face “unprecedented” funding gap say Croydon

Councils face an “unprecedented funding gap” in improving tower block fire safety unless the Government helps them pay for it, the first council retrofitting sprinklers since the Grenfell tragedy has warned. Croydon council have written to request a face-to-face meeting with the housing minister to discuss the “long-term financial burden” of implementing its £10 million … Continue reading POST-GRENFELL WARNING TO GOVERNMENT – Councils face “unprecedented” funding gap say Croydon

“COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

The headline above comes from a Department  of Communities and Local Government booklet dated June 2014 which News From Crystal Palace found while trawling the Internet looking for previous examples of council meetings being held behind closed doors. For those of you who have missed it, there were two meetings held by Lambeth council at … Continue reading “COUNCILS SHOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS WITHIN THE LAW AND NOT SEEK TO RESTRICT THOSE WHO WRITE CRITICAL COMMENTS”

COUPLE FAILED TO DEMOLISH BLOCK OF FLATS THAT DID NOT COMPLY WITH PLANNING PERMISSION FACE CONFISCATION PROCEEDINGS

A husband and wife who jointly own a block of flats in Waddon have been found guilty of failing to comply with a council enforcement notice ordering that the block be demolished. The husband was found guilty, at Croydon crown court earlier this month of non-compliance with an enforcement notice. His wife had earlier been … Continue reading COUPLE FAILED TO DEMOLISH BLOCK OF FLATS THAT DID NOT COMPLY WITH PLANNING PERMISSION FACE CONFISCATION PROCEEDINGS

“TRAM CRASH INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE” – council leader 

Cllr Tony Newman, leader of Croydon council Recommendations from the inquiry into the Sandilands tram crash in which seven people lost their lives should be implemented as soon as possible, says Croydon council leader Cllr Tony Newman. “Just a few weeks ago, Croydon commemorated the first anniversary of this tragic incident – and the victims, … Continue reading “TRAM CRASH INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE” – council leader 

ROGUE BUILDER AGED 79 JAILED – AFTER TARGETING ELDERLY

A 79-year-old rogue builder has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for breaching a court order preventing him from cold calling and carrying out building work. Joining the pensioner behind bars is his grandson who aided him by clearing payment cheques through his bank account so that they wouldn’t show in his granddad’s figures. The … Continue reading ROGUE BUILDER AGED 79 JAILED – AFTER TARGETING ELDERLY

LAMBETHWATCH: AND ALSO……

Defend The Ten‏ @defendtheten Nov 19: 23 weeks until the local council elections & we have the huge pleasure of meeting @RuskinReaders. A real local institution, they are a voluntary group aiming to provide for adults with reading or writing difficulties, enabling them to take charge of their lives. As @RuskinReaders clearly show, libraries are … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: AND ALSO……

CROYDON CALL FOR EXTRA GOVERNMENT FUNDING OVER UNIVERSAL CREDIT – Move follows MP Steve Reed’s Commons speech

Soaring council payouts to prevent families on Universal Credit from becoming homeless have led to Croydon asking the Government for urgent extra funding. The call follows a House of Commons speech by Croydon North MP Steve Reed on the issue (News From Crystal Palace November 17th). Last year Croydon council gave a total of £2m … Continue reading CROYDON CALL FOR EXTRA GOVERNMENT FUNDING OVER UNIVERSAL CREDIT – Move follows MP Steve Reed’s Commons speech

UNIVERSAL CREDIT:  CROYDON COUNCIL SPEND £3 MILLION TO STOP EVICTIONS

Croydon council has had to spend £3 million so far to stop people from being evicted because of late rent payments, Mr Reed told the House. According to my council’s figures, a tenant on housing benefit—the legacy system—had an average rent account that was £42 in credit. Under universal credit, a tenant has an average … Continue reading UNIVERSAL CREDIT:  CROYDON COUNCIL SPEND £3 MILLION TO STOP EVICTIONS