How to Cope with the Cost of Living Crisis

Sarah Jones, Croydon Central’s Labour MP, has begun a series of advice sessions to try to help her constituents through the cost of living crisis.

The MP is holding advice sessions in locations across her constituency, where she will be joined by staff from Citizens Advice and volunteers from the Food Stop.

At each session, residents will be able to get one-to-one advice to access support with the cost of living, to ensure that they have applied for the right benefits and be offered information about additional help and support schemes.

The cost of living is rising at the fastest rate for 40 years, with the Bank of England forecasting inflation to reach 13per cent in the last quarter of this year. With energy bills expected to be subject to massive increases again in October, it is low-income households who are hardest hit.

The Croydon Central MP’s advice sessions are as follows:

  • Friday 30th September, New Addington Library, Central Parade, CR0 0JD 11.15am–1.30pm
  • Monday 3rd October, Longheath Community Centre, CR0 7TD 6pm–8.30pm
  • Thursday 6th October, the new Family Centre, Fieldway, CR0 9AZ noon-2.30pm
  • Friday 7th October, Shirley Library, CR0 8BH 2.30pm-4.15pm
  • Thursday 13th October, Shirley Community Centre, Shrublands, CR0 8JA 10.30am–1pm
  • Friday 14th October, Sarah Jones MP’s office, 43 Blackhorse Lane, CR0 6RT 2pm-4.30pm
  • Friday 21st October, Forestdale venue TBC, 10.30am-1pm

Elstan Way Highway Maintenance Resurfacing – 5th & 6th Oct 2022

FMCONWAY, on behalf of Croydon Council, will shortly be commencing resurfacing at the location/s and date/s below:

Date: 5TH & 6TH October 2022 between 08:00-17:00
Location: Elstan Way

To enable the Contractor to undertake the works, on-street parking will be suspended during works hours. We also kindly ask that with forward planning vehicular access to and from properties adjacent to the road are reduced to a minimum during the works hours. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Advance driver / resident information boards will be in place before the works commence, advising of the precise dates and times of the Traffic Management.

Please however note that unforeseen circumstances (e.g. inclement weather conditions) may necessitate a change to the scheduled dates and information on road signs will be changed accordingly. Please check the road signs regularly for any updates

The resurfacing works will take place between: Woodmere Avenue and The Glade.

Due to the nature of these works it is inevitable that some disruption will occur. For this reason, it is recommended that where possible you use alternative routes or allow extra time to complete your journey.

The on-street parking suspensions that will be in place within the works area are 07:30-17:00 on 4th to 6th October 2022.

No parking for residents on the highway in the areas covered by the enforcement signs.

Please note that penalty charge notices (PCN’s) will be applied to vehicles parked within the suspended areas during the works hours and/or vehicles relocated.

We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience this may cause residents; however, we want to ensure that all works carried out on the Croydon network are to the highest standards to ensure value for our residents.

Trading Standards – Ofgem Fake Phishing Emails

Action Fraud has received over 1500 reports in recent weeks relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem.

The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of the government scheme and that you should “claim your rebate now”. The emails are using the Ofgem logo and colours, and the links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information for use in fraud.

  • Remember, your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact the company or your bank directly using details from their official website or app.
  • Spotted a suspicious email? Forward it (without clicking any links) to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) – report@phishing.gov.uk
  • For advice on how to stay secure online, please visit: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Please remember to report any scam to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.

If you have actually been the victim of a trader or scam such as the above, or require consumer advice, please call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 0808 223 1133

HM The Queen Condolence and Tributes

Books of Condolence

You can leave a message of condolence and sign the official Royal eBook of Condolence.

Croydon’s Book of Condolence is open at Braithwaite Hall, Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street for residents to leave messages:

Monday to Friday – 8am to 8pm
Saturday 10 September – 9am to 6pm
Sunday 11 September – 9am to 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays – 9am to 6pm

Katharine Street is closed to motor traffic so that people can lay floral tributes and sign the Book of Condolence safely.

Residents can also visit libraries to leave messages to be added to the book. You can find your local library and its opening times on the Croydon Council libraries pages.

Floral tributes

You can lay floral tributes at:

  • The flagpole outside the Town Hall, Katharine Street, CR0 1NX
  • Coulsdon Memorial Ground in Marlpit Lane, CR5 2HA
  • Norwood Grove Recreation Ground, Crescent Way, SW16 3AL
  • St Edward King & Confessor C of E Church, New Addington
  • Wandle Park, Cornwall Road, CR0 3RD.

These areas will be signposted and volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors.

Power for People – Q&A Session

Half of all UK households could face fuel poverty this winter due to the rapidly rising costs of energy bills.

The community energy sector has such potential to make a big contribution to relieve this mounting pressure. But regulatory barriers stand in the way. Now more than ever, we need to enable community energy groups to sell their clean power to local households so that money we pay for our energy is redirected into local communities.

Last week we organised the introduction of a legislative amendment that would do this to the Government’s Energy Bill, currently proceeding through Parliament. The amendment is soon to be debated and voted on in the House of Lords.

Whether or not we win this vote, we will need to encourage MPs and the Government to back what we are calling for when the Energy Bill comes to the House of Commons. Are you wondering how you can help?

On Thursday 15th September, we will be hosting our first ‘drop in’ Q&A session with our team of expert campaigners.

Drop in anytime between 5:30pm and 6:30pm to have your questions about the campaign answered.

Whether you want an update on campaign progress, or you are not sure what to ask of your MP – no question is too small.

To join us, click this link on 15th September at 5.30pm (no registration required).

These informal Q&As will take place every other month.

Remember: we are still here to answer your questions in-between Q&As, just email us at info@powerforpeople.org.uk.