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Crawley MP welcomes £1.3 Billion increase in local council funding

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the news that councils will receive a real terms increase in funding for vital local services.

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Henry Smith MP has welcomed the news that councils will receive a real terms increase in funding for vital local services. The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement gives councils a real terms increase in core spending power for 2019-20 – up from £45.1 billion to £46.4 billion. This brings the level of local government funding to more than £200 billion in the five years to 2020.

The £1.3 billion funding boost allows councils like West Sussex County Council to deliver the services residents need while protecting them from unfair hikes in their council tax bills.

This increase follows significant Government investment in local services announced at last year’s Budget. The Government is giving councils £650 million for social care next year – building on the £240 million announced to relieve winter pressures on the NHS, £420 million to tackle potholes and £84 million more for children’s social care.

The Government is supporting opportunity for communities by increasing business rates retention to 75 per cent from 2020. This gives West Sussex County Council even more incentive to work towards local economic growth so more of the revenue raised locally is kept locally, to be spent on services for hard-working people.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted the Government is delivering a settlement which paves the way for a fairer, more self-sufficient and resilient future for local government and a brighter future for the people and places they serve.

“This settlement delivers a real terms increase in spending for local authorities in 2019 to 2020 and gives them more control over the money they raise too, while protecting residents against excessive council tax rises.

“I’ve been working alongside other county MPs, as well as the leadership of West Sussex County Council, to ensure greater retention of business rates (rather than this local corporate tax going centrally to HM Treasury as it does now); a cause I’ve raised with the Secretary of State for Local Government and in the House of Commons.

“Last month’s settlement confirmed our work had paid off, with West Sussex being included in the Government’s pilot programme of 75 per cent business rates retention in 2019-20. “The existing business rates retention scheme taking place around the country is already yielding strong results, with councils estimating that in 2018-19 they will keep around £2.4 billion in business rates growth.”

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Dispersal Order goes live across Tilgate AND includes K2 Crawley

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Crawley police have joined forces with partner agencies to tackle a recent spate of anti-social behaviour.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker said:

“We are aware of anti-social behaviour being carried out by a small minority of people across the borough.

“This has included reports of groups gathering, drinking in the streets and drug issues. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will be working closely with partners to ensure the relevant actions are taken.”

A section 34 dispersal order has been issued from midday on Friday (5 June) which will cover:

  • Tilgate Park area, inclusive of the surrounding woodlands and various placements along Tilgate Drive towards the A23 and K2 Leisure Centre.
  • Tilgate Golf Course in its entirety.
  • Gainsborough Road Playing Fields (aka Tilgate Playing Fields)
  • Tilgate Parade.
  • All streets bordered by Ashdown Drive, Titmus Drive, Winchester Road and Gainsborough Road.

The dispersal order is in place for an initial 48 hours and enables officers and PCSOs to direct a person who has committed, or is likely to commit, anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder to leave a specified area and not return for the specified time period.

CI Baker added:

“ASB can have a significant impact on communities and we are committed to use the relevant policing powers to target this behaviour.

“You will see an increased policing presence in this location and our officers will be engaging with members of the public around the dispersal order and the current government guidance around the coronavirus. Officers will engage, explain and encourage and only if absolutely necessary, enforce”.

“We want to reassure the public that solving these issues remains a priority for us and we will continue to monitor reports regarding this behaviour”.

“We would like to thank those members of the public who have reported matters of ASB to us and would urge anyone who is a witness or victim of ASB to report it to us either online or call 101.”

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