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MP responds to suggestions he may lose his seat in 2015

MP responds to suggestions he may lose his seat in 2015

Gavin Barwell, Conservative MP for Croydon Central, has responded to a new poll that suggests he may lose his seat in the 2015 general election. “Croydon Central is a marginal seat,” he told the Croydon Guardian. “I’ve never taken people’s support for granted and I never will. I’ve done this…

MP warns of ‘more hardship’ under benefit cap trial

MP warns of ‘more hardship’ under benefit cap trial

Croydon families face more hardship as a result of the Government’s benefit cap, a local Labour MP has warned, ahead of the trial due to start in the area next month. Steve Reed,  Labour MP for Croydon North told Eastlondonlines that although “capping benefits is fine” setting the cap at…

Croydon schools get highest amount of funding in UK

Croydon schools get highest amount of funding in UK

Croydon Council this week secured the highest allocation of funds in the UK for new schools and classrooms Croydon is receiving a £63m funding package from the Department of Education following predictions that by 2017, Croydon will see a 28 per cent increase in school age children, from 52,000 to…

Man accused of Tia Sharp murder appears in court

Man accused of Tia Sharp murder appears in court

A man pleaded not guilty to the murder of 12-year-old Croydon girl Tia Sharp at the Old Bailey today. Stuart Hazell, 38, remained at Belmarsh Prison for the hearing, appearing in court via videolink. At the time of Tia’s murder, Hazell was in a relationship with her grandmother, Christine Sharp.…

What does it mean to be a woman in East London today?

What does it mean to be a woman in East London today?

Around the world today over 100 countries will celebrate International Women’s Day,  an event that honors women of the past and the change they fought for, whilst continuing to campaign to improve the future for women. International Women’s Day will be celebrated in places like the United Kingdom, where women…

Protest over cuts to Croydon Family Justice Centre

Protest over cuts to Croydon Family Justice Centre

  Labour supporters rallied outside Croydon’s Family Justice Centre on Monday fighting government cuts that will affect domestic violence victims in the borough. The Centre, which was the first of its kind to open in Europe in 2005, tackles a range of social welfare issues, focussing on civil justice and…

Ofsted praise for Croydon Adoption services

Ofsted praise for Croydon Adoption services

Croydon adoption services are committed to “improving outcomes for children”, according to an Ofsted report published this week. Mike Stapley, inspector, said that staff “have a real determination to ‘get it right’ for children in Croydon” and praised them for a realistic but humane approach to their work. Stapley reported…

Croydon residents’ health could be put at risk if incinerator plan goes ahead, protesters say

Croydon residents’ health could be put at risk if incinerator plan goes ahead, protesters say

Environmental campaigners yesterday protested over plans that would have a new waste incinerator built in Croydon. Viridor Waste Management offices in West Malling, Kent became a site of protest as ‘Stop the South London Incinerator Campaign’ members played dead on the grounds outside, expressing fears of what the proposed site’s…

Croydon council meeting goes live on air for the first time

Croydon council meeting goes live on air for the first time

Tonight a Croydon council meeting will be live on air for the first time. Following public calls for a more transparent local authority, the meeting will be broadcast on Croydon Radio from 6 pm. The station first approached the council a year ago about ways to improve open the government…

Croydon Council launches crackdown on alcohol licences

Croydon Council launches crackdown on alcohol licences

Croydon Council has proposed new limits on the number of establishments licensed to sell alcohol in efforts to reduce crime and anti-social behavior in the borough. The planned crackdown, announced on Tuesday, February 20, would introduce “cumulative impact zones” in 17 of the borough’s 24 wards – selected based on…