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Vote Green this May for a cleaner, safer, happier Croydon

Posted on April 26th, by Peter Underwood in Politics & Society. 2 comments

The two-party system is failing Croydon. Here’s an alternative that works for you, says the Green Party’s Peter Underwood

On 3rd May this year you will elect your local councillors to sit on Croydon Council for the next four years. This is your chance to change Croydon for the better by electing Croydon’s first Green Party councillors.

We deserve better than the stale old Punch-and-Judy politics … Read More »

Is the council doing enough for small businesses?

Posted on August 9th, by Sean Creighton in Economics & Business. No Comments

In a multi part series, Sean Creighton explores the state of SMEs in Croydon and whether they help or hurt the community

This is the second part of a series by Sean Creighton. The first part is available now.

In 2014, the Croydon TUC Working Party drew the attention of the Local Government Association to the issue of greater role for councils in enhancing the digital infrastructure and capabilities of … Read More »

Let’s invest in Croydon’s real infrastructure – its people

Posted on February 17th, by Jamie Audsley in Economics & Business. 1 Comment

The new Good Employer Charter is building a network of Croydonians to do business responsibly

As each news cycle tells us, we’re living in uncertain and insecure times. It’s easy to feel disempowered and disengaged when the world is changing so rapidly around us. Leaders of all political leanings are struggling to respond to the failures of globalisation and in many cases – across the … Read More »

October 2016 in brief

Posted on November 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Food and drink hub Boxpark opens

The shipping container-based development finally opened its doors at the end of October. Featuring more than thirty bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other assorted eateries, the large development next to East Croydon station began with a two-day launch party, the thumping bass of which could be felt on East Croydon’s … 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 »

Croydon Central MP responds to Living Wage criticism

Posted on November 19th, by Gavin Barwell in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell responds to Cllr Jamie Audsley’s article on winning “the REAL Living Wage!”

I read Cllr Jamie Audsley’s article about the living wage with interest. I share his passion to end poverty pay in Croydon – and not just in Croydon, throughout our country. However, I found his article both partisan and over-simplistic.

Let’s deal with the accusation of partisanship first. Despite … Read More »

Let’s get organised to win the REAL Living Wage!

Posted on November 9th, by Jamie Audsley in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Jamie Audsley has seen what can be achieved with successful community organising. Now he wants to end poverty pay in Croydon

Poverty wages are affecting the future success and happiness of Croydon’s children. This should concern us all, whether we have kids of our own or not. I remember all too clearly my feelings of anger and frustration eight years ago, when I was a … Read More »

Croydon Council to pay London Living Wage

Posted on November 9th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Croydon Council has been accredited as a Living Wage borough, committed to pay its employees at least £9.40 per hour.

Release begins: 40 community leaders from Croydon Citizens, local alliance of schools and faith institutions, gathered in the council chamber with Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Alison Butler on Monday night to celebrate the Council accrediting as a Living Wage employer.

 Living Wage accreditation means that everyone employed … 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 »

How should Croydon’s progressives vote in the general election?

Posted on April 21st, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Sean Creighton offers some advice to those who want a different kind of governing coalition

Recently in the Citizen, Robert Ward explained why he’s going to vote Conservative. How about the decision-making process for those looking in a different direction?

I believe it’s going to be difficult for progressive people in Croydon to decide how to vote in the general election. For Labour supporters – how … Read More »