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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 »



The Public Gallery: Will our local election be decided nationally?

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

As the Croydon Conservatives take flak for not releasing a manifesto yet, Tom Black explores how much the outcome of May’s local elections will depend on what both parties do in Croydon

The theory

For a long time now, I’ve been commenting cryptically that ‘the next local election may be decided nationally’. This is based on the idea that a large proportion of voters … Read More »



The Public Gallery: What Croydon’s politicians could learn from Boris Johnson

Posted on March 13th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

This week, Britain’s favourite politician visited Croydon. Wading through the controversy, Tom Black ponders whether our local councillors and hopefuls could take a few lessons from ‘BoJo’

Boris Johnson is often described as, among other things, ‘a legend’. This week, the legend landed in Croydon. There was some controversy over the circumstances – the event at which he was speaking has a £10 … Read More »