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Crawley Council cuts are coming warns towns leader

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Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb has made the warning as the effects of the pandemic begin to hit deep within the towns infrastructure.

Writing on his personal blog Cllr Lamb said:

“For the last six years, Crawley Borough Council has bucked the trend. Despite huge cuts to local government funding, every year we have managed to generate enough new revenue to make up for the cuts without having to put council tax up above inflation. Due to the pandemic, that streak has come to an end.

Throughout the lockdown, the money-making parts of the council were forced to shut, while various new costs arose. Unfortunately, the financial consequences will last long beyond this one year, with the economic impact resulting in a significant ongoing cut to the council’s income from business rates and council tax.

As a result, for the first time in six years we are having to make real cuts to balance the budget. We will do everything we can to make savings humanely and minimise the impact on frontline services, but there will be real consequences for service delivery.”

Cllr Lamb goes on to say that the policies for tackling the coronavirus could not have come at a worst time for the town and Crawley’s economy has been hit harder than any other town in the UK with thousands of job losses.

Cllr Lamb finishes by saying that the council is continuing to work with companies and public bodies in an effort to support and up-skill job hunters and is continually looking for new industries to come to the town.

But he warns that the process is slow and long but if everyone sticks together then it will create a better future for Crawley.

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Police drop investigation in alleged bullying of Oriel High School boy

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Sussex Police have confirmed they have made the decision to drop an investigation into an incident of alleged bullying.

The investigation was launched following an outcry from concerned residents when a video emerged on social media.

The video has since been taken down from most social media accounts.

Earlier Susses Police had confirmed they had launched an investigation into the incident and were liaising with Oriel High School.

Now it appears their investigation has turned up new information which has led to their decision to drop the police’s involvement and hand it over to the school.

A statement from Sussex Police said:

“Police have investigated the circumstances surrounding a video on social media showing the alleged bullying of a boy by fellow students from Oriel High School in Maidenbower, Crawley.

As a result, the matter has been passed to the school for any action they feel is appropriate.”

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