THE Bishop of Croydon Jonathan Clark has been appointed as chairman of the council's forthcoming fairness and opportunity commission.
Council leader Tony Newman announced the news at a meeting of Croydon Congress this morning (Thursday).
The inquiry, which will cost £200,000, will explore whether wide-ranging public services, such as housing, health and social care, could be provided more fairly.
Cllr Newman called the inquiry a "once in a generation opportunity" while the Conservative opposition has branded it a "complete waste of money".
The Bishop has previously expressed his desire to be involved in order to give the commission a "wider voice".
He told the Advertiser in July: "It is important that it is not a party political thing and that it addresses the needs of people of Croydon across the whole borough."
The commission, whose wider members have yet to be appointed, could publish its findings in January 2016.