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Partnership offers opportunity for borough workers to learn skills for well paid job

Residents across five south London boroughs will be given more opportunities to learn the skills needed to find better well-paid jobs, thanks to the launch of a new sub-regional group.   

The South London Skills and Employment Board is made up of business leaders, training providers and colleges, voluntary sector and council representatives from Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Richmond, which together form the South London Partnership (SLP). Board members will work to help businesses and other employers, encouraging them to invest in staff and supporting career progression through training while working with schools and colleges to provide the courses that will lead to better jobs in the local area and greater prosperity.

While many residents in the region already have high skills levels and good jobs, too many risk being left behind, with a knock-on effect on their income and their well-being.

 Similar boards exist across London and the newly formed South London Skills and Employment Board will help to further understand employer and residents’ needs and the skills required to access good jobs.

Next year the government plans to devolve the budget for the commissioning of adult skills in the capital to the Mayor of London. Sub-regions will have a formal role in shaping how the budget is spent. The South London Skills & Employment Board will identify local priorities and feed these back to the London Mayor through the chair of the board, Cllr Ruth Dombey, SLP Skills Lead and Leader of Sutton Council.

Launching the new Skills and Employment Board, Cllr Dombey said: “Everyone, no matter what their personal and family circumstances, deserves the chance to gain the qualifications and skills needed to become employed and further their chosen career. 

“By working together as a partnership, and with advice from experts in business and education, we can identify the priorities we need to focus on in South London and give our residents the best possible chance to prosper. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone living in South West London.”

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding is worth approximately £311 million in London and includes courses such as vocational training, Adult Community Learning (ACL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The five SLP boroughs nominated prospective board members providing a balance of representatives of key employers, priority sectors (tech/ ICT, construction, retail and hospitality, science, health and care), SMEs, business groups such as chambers of commerce and providers of skills in the sub-region, including colleges and private training providers.

For more information on SLP visit PARTNERSHIP

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Clerk to the Board / Head of Clerking role for Greenshaw Learning Trust

Greenshaw Learning Trust has advertised a new key role.

Greenshaw Learning Trust is looking to recruit an experienced Clerk to the Board/Head of Clerking who will, in liaison with and taking guidance
from the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Director of Resources, provide governance support and advice to the Board of Trustees and
manage the Greenshaw Learning Trust clerking service, to ensure that the Trust Board, its committees and local governing bodies operate
efficiently and effectively and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Trust.
Purpose of the role: To advise the Trust on governance and procedural matters and ensure it operates in accordance with legal requirements
and the policies and procedures of the Trust.
To develop coordinate, supervise and manage committee/local clerks and to manage and supervise the provision of
clerking of services to schools outside the Trust who purchase that service.

For full details go to GLT



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Sutton’s finest young musicians bring Broadway to Carshalton

Sutton youth wind orchestra conducted by Roger Willey are presenting an evening from Broadway and Hollywood performed by Sutton’s finest young musicians at All Saints, Carshalton on November 29.

Tickets are available on the door or via

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Hackbridge housebuilder wants to spread Christmas cheer

Local housebuilder Barratt London is opening its doors early for Christmas in Hackbridge this year to help play its part in spreading festive cheer to children around the world. Supporting the well-established shoebox campaign, Operation Christmas Child, the housebuilder is offering its marketing suite at New Mill Quarter on Hackbridge Road, SM6 as a drop off point for the charity during the first two weeks of November.

Last year Samaritan’s Purse distributed 678,942 wrapped shoeboxes from the UK which were sent to make Christmas a bit more special for children in Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Estonia, Middle East, Central Asia, Latvia, Liberia, Macedonia, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova.

Nick Cole, Director of Operation Christmas Child UK, shared his hope for people getting involved this year. “Operation Christmas Child is excited to be able to share the true meaning of Christmas with thousands of children around the world every year, thanks to our generous supporters. We hope that schools, companies and individuals across the UK will all help contribute to a successful collection for 2018.”

Pam Reardon Sales Director for Barratt London says: “As the Capital’s housebuilder, we support a wide range of charities both locally here in Wallington and across London. This November, we are very proud to be opening up our marketing suite at New Mill Quarter to help bring a little Christmas cheer to children in other parts of the world. Anyone who is looking to fill a shoebox which will then be distributed by Operation Christmas Child, is welcome to drop it off at our marketing suite in the first two weeks of November.”

Anyone who would like to drop off a shoe box at New Mill Quarter, will need to follow the following steps:

  • Get an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap the lid and box separately in festive wrapping paper. Select an age category 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 and attach the label to the top of your shoebox.
  • Fill with suitable gifts – suggestions on the website
  • Make online payment to cover transportation costs (to donate, go to
  • Print off barcode you receive once donated and place in the shoe box.
  • Place a rubber band around the box and drop off at New Mill Quarter between 1st and 18th November (check for opening times.)
  • Open 7 days, Mon 12:30pm – 5.30pm, Tues – Sun 10am – 5.30pm.

The Barratt London sales and marketing suite at New Mill Quarter can be found on Hackbridge Road, SM6 7DY. The development is open seven days a week.

For further details about Operation Christmas Child and how to pack a shoe box, visit Details about New Mill Quarter and Barratt London can be found at

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Carshalton and Wallington MP backs protest to scrap the unfair Loan Charge

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington joined campaigners in Westminster calling for the unfair and retrospective Loan Charge 2019 to be scrapped.
Tom was one of the MPs who met with hundreds of campaigners from the Loan Charge Action Group (LCAG) who travelled to Westminster to take part in the #STOPtheLoanCharge! lobby day to get the message across that the Loan Charge 2019 is unfair and will have disastrous consequences unless it is scrapped.
Thousands of social workers, teachers, doctors and nurses, as well as IT contractors face bankruptcy, anxiety and stress due to the Loan Charge, which breaks normal legal convention and allows HMRC to deliver life-destroying tax bills people cannot pay and cannot fairly appeal.
Many victims of the Loan Charge will be unable to work again, whilst also being forced onto state benefits, others have said they will have no choice but to emigrate to avoid the devastating impact of the Loan Charge. 
Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake commented:
“The Treasury and HMRC have failed the British people yet again. Due to a lack of foresight, the Government has neglected workers, by not predicting the impact of the Loan Charge or completing adequate impact assessments.
“Our teachers and doctors contribute to the prosperity of our society and it is a disgrace that they should even have to consider emigration to stay afloat.” 
Richard Horsley, Spokesperson for LCAG said:
“We are hugely grateful to Tom Brake for meeting with Loan Charge campaigners and supporting the #STOPtheLoanCharge campaign to scrap this dreadful policy. The Loan Charge is unfair, ill-considered and will destroy lives. 
“In the last few months, we are delighted that nearly one hundred MPs have backed our campaign to scrap this unfair retrospective tax grab that is making people seriously ill and harming the UK economy.
“We urgently need a pause and a rethink and then for Ministers to do the decent and obvious thing and make the Loan Charge apply only going forward, not retrospectively, which is fair, avoids destroying lives and damaging the economy and gives certainty to everyone involved”.
LCAG represent victims of the Loan Charge and the #STOPtheLoanCharge! lobby day was also supported by the Independent Health Professionals’ Association (IHPA). For additional information on LCAG or the IHPA visit: