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Labour confirms plans to give Croydon residents the final say on how Croydon should be governed in Autumn 2021

Croydon Council’s ruling Labour Group has confirmed plans to hold a referendum on governance reforms this Autumn.

The proposal to hold a referendum will be outlined in a motion which will be debated at the next meeting of the council on Monday 25th January. The governance referendum will be held this Autumn.

In a referendum residents will choose between two governance options on the ballot paper. One of the options will be a directly elected mayor. The other ballot option will either be the current Leader and Cabinet model or a return to the committee system, the governance model used before 2002.

Over the coming months the Council will decide what the second governance option on the ballot paper will be and we are interested in residents’ views on which those should be.

Croydon Labour will decide on its preferred governance option once it is clear which two options will be on the ballot paper.

Cllr Hamida Ali, Leader of the Council, said: “Croydon Council is under new leadership, and we know that many residents want to see this debate and choose the governance model that will shape how the council is governed in the future. “Holding the referendum in October means there will be plenty of time for local people to consider the issues involved and weigh up the merits of the different options.”


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