Fairness Commission

The Public Gallery: Generation Rent, Opportunity Croydon, and a visit from Cameron

Posted on December 11th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Tom Black looks at landlord licensing, political figleaves and how the powers that be are waking up to the Croydon-tech link

Generation Rent comes to Croydon

With the media circus of Fieldgate (or pantomime, as the Advertiser wittily put it last week) dominating headlines recently, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the council is on the verge of introducing selective landlord licensing.

But it’s coming – … Read More »

Croydon’s council leader promises a new relationship with voluntary sector

Posted on August 13th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton attends a meeting which overruns, but no-one seems to mind

A very useful and well-attended meeting of the Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance took place on Wednesday 30th July. Although it overran its allotted time, its success was clear when lots of people stayed afterwards, exchanging information and talking.

The new council Labour leadership is promising an improved relationship with the local community … Read More »

Buy now – Croydon will not be this pocket friendly for long

Posted on August 11th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 7 comments

Sean Creighton asks what Croydon’s soaring house prices mean for local people, and finds a predictable answer

“Impressive new housing developments are under construction and we have penthouses selling well in excess of £1m.”

“We have a real issue in the mainstream market, in that 80 per cent of houses in London are only affordable by 20 per cent of the population.”

“The Saffron development’s … Read More »

The Public Gallery: Fairness commissions and fareless buses

Posted on July 3rd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 5 comments

With cashless buses on the horizon, Tom Black looks at the digital divide – and assesses the value of Croydon Labour’s ‘fairness commission’

Labour proposes ‘fairness commission’; everyone else poo-poos it

Croydon’s new council administration has been nothing if not pro-active. ‘Don’t Mess With Croydon’ is now up and running, and now the council is looking ahead to the £22 million of cuts … Read More »