‘FLEXIBLE WORKING’ IN CROYDON “Will make employment more accessible” – council plus: CROYDON WELCOME CPO FOR WESTFIELD SITE
‘FLEXIBLE WORKING’ IN CROYDON “Will make employment more accessible” – council
Croydon is set to become a Flexible Working Borough “to make employment more accessible to all, in particular parents and carers, and help reduce child poverty” say Croydon council.
In a statement the council also said they would also seek accreditation from Timewise, a company which works with local authorities to influence local employers and increase flexibility in the job market.
“Through gaining this status, the council will be encouraging other employers in the borough to follow its lead and implement a flexible working culture within their own organisations.
“By increasing flexible working opportunities, it is expected that it will result in more opportunities for the most disadvantaged, including single parents who would otherwise not be able to find work.”
A survey of single parents in Croydon was carried out last year by the council in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and children’s centres, and found parents reporting high childcare costs and the lack of flexible job opportunities as barriers to finding employment, a council statement added.
“To achieve Timewise status, Timewise will work with the council to develop an improvement plan, based on the experience of other local authorities, to encourage more flexible working within the organisation.
“The council would then share learning from its own flexible working practice with Croydon employers.
Croydon’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning Cllr Alisa Flemming (Lab. Upper Norwood) says:“The lack of flexible working opportunities is often a barrier to finding employment, in particular for single parents.
“By becoming a flexible working borough, we hope to make the labour market in Croydon more accessible to all, and at the same time reduce poverty and promote fairness across our communities.
“We want to change the culture of working in Croydon and debunk the myth that flexible working is any less of a job than traditional full-time employment.”
Flexible working can be in terms of working time, working location or pattern of working. This includes part-time, term-time, job-sharing, flexitime, compressed hours or annual hours.
It can also mean working from home on a regular basis, mobile working or teleworking, and career breaks.
Camden was the first Timewise accredited council and the programme is being rolled out to other local authorities including Stoke-on-Trent, Enfield and Waltham Forest councils, Leicestershire County Council, North Dorset District Council and Carlisle City Council. (Source: Croydon council press release)
CROYDON WELCOME CPO FOR WESTFIELD SITE
The decision to confirm the compulsory purchase order (CPO) to bring together land for the £1billion plus Westfield/Hammerson development as “a historic moment for Croydon residents and a massive step forward in the regeneration of the borough” by Croydon council.
“The Westfield/Hammerson scheme will see the existing Whitgift shopping centre transformed into a state-of-the-art retail, leisure and restaurant destination alongside hundreds of new homes, including affordable housing, which will deliver huge benefits for Croydon residents” said a council statement..
“It is expected to create around 5,000 new jobs, which together with construction jobs will provide significant employment for local people.
“The Whitgift redevelopment is part of a larger £5.25bn regeneration programme in Croydon, which aims to deliver 23,500 new jobs and 8,500 homes in the town centre by 2031 – a delivery programme the size of Ebbsfleet in Kent, but in half the time.
“Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark issued his decision to confirm the CPO following the recommendation of his Inspector, Paul Griffiths, who led the six-week inquiry in February and March of this year.
“CPOs are often used by local authorities to assemble land for complex regeneration projects which are in the public interest, particularly those which involve multiple land ownerships.
“The Inspector has also issued his report to the council recommending that a stopping up order (SUO) be made for Dingwall Avenue. “The council will now consider the Inspector’s report in light of the remaining objections.
“The aim of the SUO is to close Dingwall Avenue as a public right of way so that it can be redeveloped as a welcoming and attractive entrance to a new anchor store.
“As an area of high quality public realm, this will match the aspirations the council has for the regeneration of the metropolitan centre.
“The council will work with all stakeholders involved with the day to day running of the town to ensure that Croydon remains an attractive destination with a vibrant retail offer.”
Croydon council leader Cllr Tony Newman says: .“This is a day of celebration for Croydon residents and an important milestone for them. This decision is a monumental step forward for Croydon, and a vitally important stage in our town’s transformation into a modern, European city.
“The redevelopment of the 1960s Whitgift Centre will reposition Croydon as the best place to shop, live and work in South London and the wider region in the 21st century.
“As well as a premier retail destination, this will deliver thousands of new jobs for our residents and new affordable homes.
“We are absolutely delighted with today’s decision, and that we can now move forward with the Westfield-Hammerson development.”
For more information about the CPO & SUO visit https://www.croydon.gov.uk/planningandregeneration/regeneration/westfield-hammerson (Source: Croydon council press release)