Croydon Council to spend £200,000 on fairness commission to improve quality of life

Croydon Guardian: A commission has been set up to try and make life fairer for people in Croydon A commission has been set up to try and make life fairer for people in Croydon

Croydon Council is spending £200,000 on setting up a commission to try and improve the quality of life for residents.

The Fairness Commission, which was approved at a cabinet meeting on Monday night, will be made up of people from outside the council, including from private and voluntary sector organisations.

Its task will be to produce a report with recommendations about how to reduce inequality and poverty in the borough.

Council leader Councillor Tony Newman said: “We’re all too aware there are areas of the borough, and communities within those areas, that do suffer inequalities – be it in matters of health, prosperity, job prospects or life opportunity.

“It’s simply unacceptable that we still have a nine-year life expectancy gap between Fieldway and Selsdon and Ballards wards.

“Taking appropriate action will see an improvement in the quality of life for everybody who lives in Croydon, and take the borough forward in terms of equality and fairness for all.”

The idea was heavily criticised by the Conservatives who said it was unnecessary to spend the money and that the commission would be filled with “Labour cronies”.

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2:28pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ANNE GILES says...

What other nonsense is this Labour Council going to force upon us?
What other nonsense is this Labour Council going to force upon us? ANNE GILES
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11:10am Sun 6 Jul 14

christhegoth says...

Personal post:

My big beef is with how Croydon Nick are quite happy to let local drunks attack people playing with fashion. It ruins a town when the drunks are allowed to win, and yet Croydon Nick are doing it. I've had to get the IPCC in due to how dodgy they are.

Fix that and you'll start to regenerate Croydon's night-life. Me? I drink in Bromley now. It's much more civilised & professional.

Needless to say the IPCC costs cash, so getting this fixed in a pre-emptive way via Council Policy is clearly the way forward. I look forward to this commission happening.

Being forced to leave Croydon due to a pack of small-minded drunks protected by the authorities is not a great way to sell this town. What do you want? Diversity, or a drug den? At present it's all VERY drug-den...
Personal post: My big beef is with how Croydon Nick are quite happy to let local drunks attack people playing with fashion. It ruins a town when the drunks are allowed to win, and yet Croydon Nick are doing it. I've had to get the IPCC in due to how dodgy they are. Fix that and you'll start to regenerate Croydon's night-life. Me? I drink in Bromley now. It's much more civilised & professional. Needless to say the IPCC costs cash, so getting this fixed in a pre-emptive way via Council Policy is clearly the way forward. I look forward to this commission happening. Being forced to leave Croydon due to a pack of small-minded drunks protected by the authorities is not a great way to sell this town. What do you want? Diversity, or a drug den? At present it's all VERY drug-den... christhegoth
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