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Consultations: are they worth the paper that they’re written on?

Posted on January 12th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 12 comments

Questioning the benefits of so-called ‘consultations’

Consultation is a good thing, right? It means that you get asked your opinion: your opinion about what housing might be built next to your home, whether you want to live in a 20mph zone, or maybe how education might be funded. That’s got to be good, hasn’t it? Well, I’m no longer sure that it is.

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The Public Gallery: What the next government could mean for Croydon

Posted on March 26th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Tom Black’s been thinking of post- general election scenarios, and some unthinkable ones

The next election is the hardest to predict in living memory. The papers and the airwaves are filled with talk of minority governments, coalitions, pacts, ‘case-by-case agreements’, and ‘well hung parliaments’ (the somewhat racy name for a parliament in which even two parties together cannot form a majority government).

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All yuppie apartments and no family homes – a risk for central Croydon?

Posted on March 6th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 4 comments

As private sector rental booms in Croydon, Sean Creighton takes a look at Criterion Capital’s housing projects

‘If councils no longer play a significant role as housing providers, they surely have a duty of care to ensure rogue landlords do not exploit the market’. (Property Week magazine, 26th September 2014.)

The significance of Croydon Council as a housing provider has of course declined steeply, … Read More »