Earlier this week we held a dedicated council meeting to discuss the section 114 notice issued last month and I want to update you on our ongoing action to get Croydon’s finances back on track.
Since being elected as leader I have been clear about the scale of the challenge we are facing and that we will need financial support from government to deliver our renewal plans to get Croydon back on track.
We have worked at pace to develop these plans and are now preparing to formally submit them to MHCLG later this month; however in the meantime, as expected we are still on track to spend more than we have this year.
Our chief finance officer has therefore had to issue a further section 114 notice this week – which ensures we’re able to continue to provide essential services. Our stop on non-essential spending remains in place, so that we can continue to protect our most vulnerable residents and keep our streets clean and safe.
I have been open about the fact that we cannot fix our problems overnight – this will be a three-year journey for Croydon. However, we are making huge efforts toward that improvement journey and we are confident that government support will stabilise our financial position. In the meantime, I want to reassure you that we will still be here to deliver the essential services Croydon needs.
I also remain absolutely committed to keeping you informed and involved as we continue to shape our plans for the future. From next week we will be asking for your feedback on our latest renewal proposals – in the meantime if you want to get in touch with us to share your thoughts and ideas, you can email us at Croydonplan@croydon.gov.uk.
With Croydon now classed as a Tier-2 -Covid-19 High Alert Level area, it’s been so important that more of our businesses have been able to reopen their doors and local communities welcoming them back.
We all have a part to play in helping our high streets thrive – as the council we are working hard to support our local businesses with the distribution of grants, and helping them to access information, guidance and support at this difficult time.
As residents we can all do our bit by continuing to shop local as much as possible and doing so safely – following the rules on hands, face, space will help us to avoid another local lockdown and keep our shops, pubs and restaurants open for business.
World AIDS Day
On World AIDS Day on 1 December, Croydon showed its support for people living with HIV and remembered those who have lost their lives from an AIDS-related illness. With over 4,450 people diagnosed with HIV each year in the UK, there is still a vital need to increase awareness of this condition, to fight prejudice and improve education. Find out more including how you can get tested for HIV and access local support at www.croydon.gov.uk/sexualhealth.
Have a good weekend and stay safe,
Councillor Hamida Ali, leader of the council