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Croydon Constitutionalists

Bringing Classical Liberalism to South London

Merry Christmas.  What a year! Croydon Councillor update and Interview with the CPA.

What a year.  Hopefully in a few days we will finally know on what terms we will be leaving the transition period.  We finally left the EU this year, but fully implementing the democratic decision from 2016 has been deferred far too long, and any betrayal will see us and we’re sure national groups pushing back in every way we can. 
 
Above all else the Croydon Constitutionalists are committed to freedom and liberty.  Rationing stayed in place for 9 years after the end of the second world war.  Blanket restrictions were applied to pub opening times during World War One, and left largely unchanged until 1988, and the income tax, first introduced in the Napoleonic Wars as a temporary measure yet is still with us today.  Once governments seize your liberty they are reluctant to give it up.  Too many liberties have been taken this year, next year we need to fight for their return.
 
We have another update on Croydon Council.   Following a report from the TaxPayers’ Alliance we find that in 2018-19 Croydon’s Councillors received the 2nd highest average remuneration in England and the highest in London!  Our council is bankrupt, councillors recently voted to reduce their allowances, and whilst this is a welcome reduction it will still likely leave Croydon’s councillors in the top 20% best rewarded in the country and top 6 highest rewarded in London.  We ask, does this really reflect the damage Croydon Council’s poor administration has wrought on services in the borough?
 
Fittingly as we celebrate Christmas we have an interview with Helen Spiby-Vann of the Christian Peoples Alliance party.  Helen talks about her campaigns, policy positions and experiences with the state education system.  Lastly if you’re at a loose end over the festive period, can we recommend listening to our podcasts, which are all also on our YouTube channel.  You could read some of the interviews we have undertake this year, or just catch up on our blog articles
 
May we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and may all have a happier New Year.



As Croydon goes bankrupt you don’t need to worry about its councillors going short.


 
In 2018-19 Croydon’s Councillors received an average allowance of £21,784 per councillor.  Croydon's Councillors were the 2nd most expensive in England, 11th most expensive of 398 councils across the country and the highest costing in London.  Croydon’s comparatively lavish allowances were being paid whilst the council’s external auditors Grant Thornton were, warning about low reserves and poor financial controls.  You have to wonder how they could justify these allowances whilst asking taxpayers for ever increasing amounts of money.
 
Since then the council has issued a Section 114 notice and gone into de facto bankruptcy.  On the 16th December Croydon’s councillors voted to reduce £300,000 from councillor pay from April 2021.  Whilst this is a welcome reduction it will still likely leave Croydon’s councillors in the top 20% best rewarded in the country and top 6 highest rewarded in London.  We ask, does this really reflect the damage Croydon Council’s poor administration has wrought on services in the borough?  Do the people of Croydon think their councillors who oversaw only the second council bankruptcy this century, deserve to be the in the top fifth for reward?
 
We commend Croydon’s Councillors for cutting £300,000 from their allowances, but this must only be a start.  Along with dramatic cuts for the citizens and staff, councillors should step up to the plate and aim to come in no higher than the average cost per councillor in London, still high for a bankrupt council, but a reasonable sacrifice.
 
Full article: http://croydonconstitutionalists.uk/croydon-councillor-allowances/
 
 
+++ Breaking News +++  Story picked-up in MyLondon "The staggering amount Croydon councillors were paid in allowances last year" - https://www.mylondon.news/news/staggering-amount-croydon-councillors-were-19497661


 
Interview with Helen Spiby-Vann of the Christian Peoples Alliance party

Helen Spiby-Vann has stood 3 times for the Christian Peoples Alliance party in the North London constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green.  We interview Helen who is also Vice President of the party.

“It’s inspiring to see how deeply people care about making the world a better place and fighting injustice. We all have this much in common – even if we disagree about how best to do it”

“It seems like an oxymoron that a shadow minister of faith would be fired for advocating for people of faith. It supports the rumour that Labour exploit the faithful, treating them as religious tokens”

“we must support mum and dad and strengthen marriages. Children benefit from the joint resources, finances and shared experiences of married parents. This joint capacity enables parents to be involved in their child’s schooling”

“State schools took the view that if one child doesn’t have IT, then the rest can’t use it (this is a common theme in state education). It would have been easier to source IT for those without than to deprive them all”


Full Article: http://croydonconstitutionalists.uk/interview-with-helen-spiby-vann/

 


A reminder if you’re at a loose end over the festive period, can we recommend listening to our podcasts, which are all on our YouTube channel.  You could read some of the interviews we have undertaken this year, or just catch up on our blog articles.  Or even better still write for us... 
 
May we wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and may all have a happier New Year.

Yours

Dan Heaton & Mike Swadling

Croydon Constitutionalists

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