Local elections 2018: what does each party stand for?

Posted on May 2nd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

If you’re still not sure who to vote for, here’s a breakdown on what each of the major parties is campaigning for

Plenty of people are in the running for this week’s local election on 3rd May – 267, to be exact.

And according to Croydon Council, over 270,900 voters are currently registered to vote for the candidates contesting the twenty-eight council wards.

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Saying my goodbyes to the Croydon Citizen

Posted on April 20th, by Holly Bernstein in Culture. 1 Comment

Reflections on three months spent as a student journalist in Croydon

Picture the scene. A whistle as a train is about to depart. The clicks of high heels running and luggage trying to keep up with its owner. Indistinct chatter.

The beeps as people tap in and out. “See it. Say it. Sorted.” Hustle and bustle, hundreds of people looking up at the giant, … Read More »



How to vote: everything that you need to know

Posted on April 3rd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

It only takes five minutes to register to vote

Polling day is 3rd May, and polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. Here’s a breakdown of all the information you need to know from croydon.gov.uk in one place.

How to register to vote

You can register to vote here. You will need your National Insurance number. If you’re a British citizen living abroad, you … Read More »



Moving forward: Croydon’s Cultural Vision 2018 reflects on Borough of Culture loss

Posted on March 27th, by Holly Bernstein in Culture. No Comments

“With or without the money, Croydon will move forward”

A panel is setting its sights forward after Croydon lost the bid to become London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019.

The London Borough of Culture award was a new initiative launched by the Mayor Sadiq Khan in June 2017. The award offered more than £1m of funding to two winning boroughs, Waltham Forest for 2019 … Read More »



Press for progress: how Croydon celebrated Women’s History Month

Posted on March 22nd, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Events brought together performers, speakers, musicians, and politicians

March is Women’s History Month. The theme for International Women’s Day, which fell on 8th March, was Press for Progress, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary since women first got the right to vote in the United Kingdom.

Croydon has hosted a range of events celebrating both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

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Tribunal rules that Citiscape residents are responsible for costs of Grenfell-style cladding

Posted on March 20th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Residents are in discussion about whether or not they will appeal the tribunal’s ruling

A tribunal has ruled that leaseholders in Citiscape are responsible for paying nearly £500,000 to keep their building safe.

By 16th February 2018, eight months after Grenfell Tower caught fire, the Building Safety Programme had identified 314 residential or public buildings over 18 metres in England with Aluminium Composite Material cladding … Read More »



William Awomoyi is elected Croydon’s first Young Mayor

Posted on March 16th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Shea Williams is elected deputy Young Mayor

William Awomoyi, 14, from The Cedars School was announced as Croydon’s first Young Mayor last night. The election results were read to a packed crowd at the town hall.

“I get tired when people say, ‘What can we do for the young people?’ No, no, no, no. We have to hear what do they want to do, and let’s … Read More »



How local young people, politicians, and educators view youth political involvement in Croydon

Posted on March 15th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

Youth voter turnout has been low in the last decade

In the last decade, London’s largest youth borough has seen low voter turnout amongst its youth population.

Youth voter turnout in Croydon mirrors a similar occurrence national elections have recently seen as well. According to the British Election Study’s 2015 daily rolling election campaign data, in England during the general election, out of the 917 … Read More »



Croydon groups team up to raise awareness of knife crime in three-week programme

Posted on March 9th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Town-centre events provide guidance and safety advice regarding knife crime

Croydon Council’s youth engagement team teamed up with Croydon police, Victim Support, and other groups in a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime.

Participating groups hosted a range of town-centre events throughout the programme, which started during half term. The events ranged from opportunities to gain advice and guidance on … Read More »



Croydon’s first Young Mayor election is underway after campaign launch

Posted on February 26th, by Holly Bernstein in Politics & Society. No Comments

A total of 28 candidates aged 14-17 are running for the title

Young Mayor candidates in Croydon, London’s largest youth borough, are now officially campaigning after they unveiled their manifestos at a campaign launch.

The Young Mayor is elected for one year, and they will represent over 37,000 young people. In order to stand, candidates have to live in or go to school, college or … Read More »