Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission

Croydon Credit Union: a co-operative alternative to loan sharks

Posted on April 30th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon is taking action against loan sharks. How can people who need to borrow money do so fairly and safely?

In July 2017, a woman was arrested in Woodside on suspicion of illegal money lending and money laundering. In December, a suspected loan shark was arrested in Sanderstead. The raids were undertaken by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), in partnership with Croydon Trading Standards and … Read More »

What was decided at last month’s Croydon Congress

Posted on December 8th, by Hamida Ali in Economics & Business. No Comments

Councillor Hamida Ali reports on a well-attended meeting to shape Croydon’s economic and cultural future

Last month Croydon College was host to Croydon Congress – a bi-annual assembly where leaders across business, voluntary and public sectors in the borough come together to discuss common issues. Previous topics have included social isolation, child sexual exploitation and domestic and sexual violence and galvanised people to take action. The purpose … Read More »

How Brexit threatens Croydon

Posted on June 28th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 6 comments

We’ve seen Brexit wipe £2trillion off global stocks and take the pound to a thirty-one year low. What might it do to Croydon… and to Westfield? asks Sean Creighton

Will the narrow victory for the Leave side in last week’s EU referendum lead to Westfield Hammerson pulling the plug on the Whitgift redevelopment? That is what council leader Tony Newman fears and he has written for an … Read More »

Volunteering won’t fix Croydon

Posted on April 5th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Sean Creighton questions a fellow contributor’s recent assertion that volunteering is a panacea for our town

Volunteering and active citizenship are key features of the vision for improving Croydon advocated by the Opportunity and Fairness Commission in its recent report. And, in his own way, this is also what Jonny Rose is advocating in this recent Croydon Citizen article.

Volunteerism has been a feature … Read More »

The challenges of implementing the Croydon Fairness Commission report

Posted on February 22nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton analyses possibilities for change in Croydon’s community and institutions in the wake of January’s report

The Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission published its final report on 28th January. There is much to commend in it.

Despite many omissions in its discussion of issues and challenges, the report provides a blueprint for the future, an agenda on which civic activists can work … Read More »

Why worry about Croydon town centre’s night-time economy?

Posted on February 15th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton sheds some light on Croydon’s after-dark scene

Following previous closures of venues such as Yates and the Black Sheep, the news of the closure of the 2,500 capacity Tiger Tiger nightclub has shocked people into action about the state of the town centre’s night-time economy.

A Tiger Tiger spokesperson said: “It’s been a long time coming. Footfall in Croydon has gone down … Read More »

What can be done about low wages and child poverty in Croydon?

Posted on January 14th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton looks at how belonging to a low waged family impacts on young people’s experience

There’s a lot of talk about regeneration in Croydon. The reality is that 24% of jobs here are low paid and 22% of employed residents are in low paid work, according to the Trust for London and New Policy Institute’s London Poverty profile. Low pay is the major cause … Read More »

Print Archive: November 2015 print edition – Is Croydon fair?

Posted on December 17th, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s interim report triggered this edition’s theme of fairness, in its various guises, around the borough

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What the Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s interim report is for, by its chair

Posted on November 10th, by Jonathan Clark in Politics & Society. 4 comments

If it’s to succeed, your Fairness Commission needs YOU, says Bishop Jonathan Clark

Launched in January 2015, the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is working with the people of Croydon to release the potential of the borough. The commission is led by a group of volunteers with a wide variety of experiences and expertise. Our task is to understand the challenges facing Croydon – the causes and … Read More »

So far so good from the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission

Posted on November 2nd, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. No Comments

Sean Creighton on how Croydon should respond to the commission’s interim findings

Given the reservations many people had about its potential value and its membership, the non-participatory nature of its launch and the difficulties it has had in getting public and organisational engagement, the report of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission is an unexpectedly refreshing analysis with many excellent recommendations. It vindicates my urging … Read More »