In a devastating announcement, it was revealed in September that Croydon’s Labour-run Council has failed its OfSTED inspection – judging social services for children to be ‘Inadequate’ across the board.
The deeply disturbing judgement reveals a chaotic and mismanaged service, going sharply backwards under Croydon’s Labour administration, reversing what was measured as a positive direction of travel when the council was last inspected in 2012. Labour could have built on this legacy, but instead they allowed this vital service to crumble.
Cllr Maria Gatland (pictured), Conservative spokesperson for children and young people, has slammed Labour’s performance: “This is the first time children’s services in Croydon have ever been judged to be failing, and it should be greatly concerning to every parent in the borough. Labour has squandered the progress made under the Conservative administration and is failing Croydon’s most vulnerable children and young people.”
The Government has already appointed a commissioner to oversee the work of the department for the next few months and the council has been forced to set up an Improvement Board made up of government experts, its own senior managers, consultants, the administration and a member of the Opposition – Cllr Maria Gatland.
In spite of the clear failures of political oversight by the current cabinet member, Labour’s Cllr Alisa Flemming, both she and the leader of the council have steadfastly refused to resign.
Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of Croydon Conservatives (and former lead member for Children’s Services 2008-14), comments: “This current administration in the town hall is obsessed by its pet vanity projects but seems unable to deliver the basic services that we all rely on. Protecting children is one of the most important duties of the council: it must do better”