Malcolm Wicks

Five years in the life of an extraordinary borough

Posted on November 9th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The Citizen‘s General Manager looks back on the Croydon that the Citizen was born into, and the one that it now inhabits

What a difference half a decade makes. Five years ago, I lived in Coulsdon, was perpetually single, and the idea of Westfield coming to Croydon was little more than a pipe dream. Now, I live in Balham.

The long-awaited bulldozers might not yet have … 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 »

If 50,000 people in Croydon North don’t vote…

Posted on November 16th, by Brendan Walsh in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

….ask not “why do so few people vote?”, but, “why so many?”

The Croydon North electorate in 2010 numbered 85,216. Normally a By-Election of produces a turnout of 20% lower than then General Election, this suggests that 41% will vote on November 29th. It also suggests that 50,000 people will not vote. More often than not they feel the outcome of an election will have little bearing on their … Read More »