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Crawley Council want to know what you think about homelessness in the town

Crawley Borough Council is looking for residents to tell us what they think about issues regarding homelessness around the town.

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The council has recently undertaken a review of homelessness in the Borough and is working to produce our Homelessness Strategy (2019 to 2024) that will be published this year.

To ensure the strategy suits the needs of the town and its residents, the council would like residents to share their views via a short survey.

Questions will cover issues such as asking for advice on housing and homelessness, the type of housing that should be available around the town, the allocation of social housing, the perception around the causes of homelessness and more.

Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Michael Jones, said:

“Homelessness is a key issue in Crawley and this is a significant piece of work.  It is important that we hear the views of our residents so we can ensure the strategy reflects the needs of the town, so we can work effectively with our partners going forward.

“I’d encourage all residents to fill in the survey and let us know what they think.”

Residents can fill in the survey at www.crawley.gov.uk/consultation until 23 January.

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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.

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The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here: www.local.gov.uk/new-local-government-mutual


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