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Council leader backs Cancer Research campaign

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The Leader of Crawley Borough Council has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to support Cancer Research UK’s Don’t Quit On Us campaign.

Councillor Peter Lamb, along with hundreds of other councillors from around the country, has written to Philip Hammond MP urging him to invest in public health and protect smoking cessation services.

In Crawley in the past four years, more than 1,000 residents have stopped smoking as a direct result of local smoking cessation services, supported by the council’s Crawley Wellbeing Team.

The letter says: “Stop smoking services are very good at helping those who find it harder than most to quit, and so are incredibly effective at addressing health inequalities. Half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in society is down to smoking.”

It goes on to detail the economic argument for spending money on preventative measures, which cost significantly less than healthcare costs associated with smoking.

It says: “Investing in public health, and especially in stop smoking services, makes economic sense. Smoking costs the economy in England £13.9 billion each year, adding to the strain on local budgets. By comparison, in 2014/15 only approximately £7.5 billion was collected in tobacco duties.

“Additionally, for every £1 spent on smoking cessation saves around £10 in lifetime healthcare costs and health gains. Public health is one of the few areas of public spending that delivers a return on investment.

“Over 600 of my fellow councillors, from all political parties, have already joined CRUK’s campaign, demonstrating the strength of feeling on this issue. I would urge you to use your position to put public health funding on a sustainable footing and halt further reductions to the Public Health Grant.”

Councillor Lamb added: “Our Crawley Wellbeing Team does fantastic work in the town, supporting residents with all their health needs. I fully support this campaign and urge councillors of all parties to follow suit.”

For more details of the Don’t Quit On Us campaign visit www.cruk.org/dontquitonus

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.

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Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You can also apply via ITV.com/talent

So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.

 

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