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Crawley MP calls on County Leader to ‘re-think’ cuts to Housing Related Support

Henry Smith MP says the ‘proposal to now end grant funding to this charity is a false economy’.

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Crawley Open House, Stephenson Way, Crawley.

Last week West Sussex County Council published its Forward Plan where it recommended ceasing funding to the Crawley-located Open House homeless centre.

This led to outrage in the local area, as the support for Crawley Open House came flooding in.

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A petition started by the Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, has now received over 5,200 signatures as residents fight to save the twenty-four bed hostel for Crawley and West Sussex’s homeless.

The cuts would mean Crawley Open House losing a contract worth around £250,000, but West Sussex County Council say: “We simply do not have the money to continue delivering the services we currently deliver in the same way”.

Now, Crawley MP Henry Smith has spoken out in support of Crawley Open House. He has called on the Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, to ‘re-think’ the cuts, labelling their proposal as a ‘false economy’.

Crawley MP Henry Smith.

In response Crawley MP, Henry Smith, said:

“Crawley Open House is one of a kind with a fine history in providing help and support to homeless people from the local area in addition to those arriving from elsewhere looking for work.

“Whilst not the local housing authority – that is Crawley Borough Council’s responsibility – I’m grateful for the years of discretionary funding that West Sussex County Council has provided Open House. I recognise they need to ensure efficient spending on behalf of local taxpayers but I think their proposal to now end grant funding to this charity is a false economy.

“Last week I called the County Leader, Louise Goldsmith, to re-think this suggested budget reduction.

“In Parliament this week I’ve called on the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government to allocate part of the Government’s new £100 million rough sleeping reduction initiative funding to support Open House and the effort to tackle homelessness more generally in Crawley.”

Henry Smith’s letter dated 31 August 2018, to the Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith.

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“We will get through this”: Crawley MP Henry Smith addresses the town over the coronavirus pandemic

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Crawley MP Henry Smith has spoken exclusively to Crawley News 24 as worry grows around the coronavirus pandemic.

In his video address Mr Smith talked about concerns that businesses of all size in the town were facing.

He also spoke about vulnerable people and how he was looking to support those, be it with food deliveries or help with situations that they need assistance with.

He also spoke about the problems with panic buying.

He said:

“Please don’t panic buy, the government and the supermarkets are working together to ensure there will be a supply of food and essential items throughout the coming weeks of this extrordinary crisis situation.”

He goes on to talk about how he has been seeking to reflect the concerns of individuals in the town to government and how measures were starting to come through.

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