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Crawley council tax to increase as Police ask for more money

The Police and Crime Panel Meeting next week is expected to ask for a rise in taxes meaning an increase for the third year in a row.

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With all the worries of Brexit still banging around the country belts are being tightened in all corners of society so the last thing you would want to hear is an increase in your Council Tax.

But this is what is about to happen and there is nothing you can do about it and not just in Crawley but across the whole of Sussex.

Next Friday 1st Feb, the Police and Crime Panel Meeting will take place where the Police Commissioner will outline the recommendations for the force infront of a panel made up of Community Safety Partners (essentially councillors).

These panellists will get to vote on the recommendations set out by the Commissioner and be able to make suggestions.

But here is the kicker. No matter whether the panellists reject the recommendations or not, any change made after their comments no matter how small allows it to be carried through.

And what is it expected to be this time? More money of course.

The Government allowed local councils to increase taxes two years ago to help increase police resources, something that was done in Sussex by splitting the increase over two years, half in the first year and half the second.

Now yet another increase is being allowed by the Government and the commissioner is expected to push it through to everyone in Sussex, an increase of up to £24 for a band D property.

In fact it is expected to be a 14.5% increase across all bands. At the highest level this will mean an increase of £48.

Of course what exactly the Commissioner will propose will not be known till the meeting but it is unlikely that when being allowed to ask for more money she will choose not to.

The panel meeting will be broadcast live via the commissioners website from 10:30am on the 1st Feb and it is expected to be a feisty one. You can find the link here.

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Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!

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Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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