Rapid review launched into London Borough of Croydon

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that a rapid non-statutory review will be conducted into the London Borough of Croydon.

The review will focus on Croydon Council’s overall governance, culture and risk management following the council’s announcement that it would seek exceptional financial support from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

The council has agreed to this short, informal review to identify the issues the council is facing and make recommendations after a number of serious concerns around the council’s governance and risk management identified by MHCLG were underlined in a recent Public Interest Report. The report was highly critical of the council’s financial management and scrutiny of its spending and investments.

Croydon Council has been allocated over £23.5 million in unringfenced funding since the start of the pandemic. In addition, the council’s core spending power saw an increase of nearly £20.8 million this financial year even before additional emergency funding was announced.

Jenrick said: “The situation at the London Borough of Croydon is deeply concerning and completely unacceptable – local people rightly deserve and expect better than this from their local council leaders. The Public Interest Report published this week is damming about the dysfunctional governance within Croydon Council, who have been entirely irresponsible with their spending and investments. There are serious questions that local leaders to answer, and we are stepping in to get the situation under control.”