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Crawley MP welcomes new support scheme for those out of work due to COVID-19



Jobseekers in Crawley are set to benefit from a new employment programme which launches on 19th October in Sussex, as part of the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs – which will create, protect and support people into jobs in the wake of COVID-19.

Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) is a new £238 million scheme dedicated to supporting those left without a job due to coronavirus.

Under the scheme, more support will be made available for people who claim Universal Credit to ensure they can return to work quickly. This includes specialist advice on how they can move into growing sectors, as well as CV and interview coaching.

Crawley’s MP Henry Smith said:

“This will be welcome news for many who have either lost, or at risk of losing, jobs through no fault of their own due to COVID-19.

“Programmes like JETS will give people who have found themselves out of work the confidence and skills to find new employment.

“Through the £30 billion Plan for Jobs and Winter Economy Plan, Government will continue to protect, create and support people into jobs, to ensure no one is left without hope as we build back better.”

A key part of the Government’s plans to build back better after coronavirus will be on retraining, with the Prime Minister recently announcing the Lifetime Job Guarantee, which will provide adults in England without an A-Level or equivalent qualifications from April the opportunity to take up a free, fully-funded college course, and the Kickstart scheme, which will create thousands of new high quality jobs for young people.

To deliver the Plan, the Department for Work & Pensions is recruiting an additional 13,500 Work Coaches, doubling the total number to 27,000 this financial year.

The Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, Therese Coffey, commented:

“JETS will give recently unemployed people the helping hand they need to get back into work, boosting the prospects of more than a quarter of a million people across Britain.

“We have provided unprecedented support for jobs during the pandemic including through furlough and subsidising the incomes of the self-employed, doing all we can to protect peoples’ livelihoods – but sadly not every job can be saved.

“This scheme will help those left out of work as a result of COVID-19, and is one strand of our wider Plan for Jobs which will also support young people onto the jobs ladder through Kickstart, offer the training needed to pivot into new roles through our Sector Based Work Academy Programme and prepare people for getting back into work.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, added;

“The support we have put in place has protected millions of livelihoods and businesses since the start of the pandemic, but I’ve always been clear that we can’t save every job.

“I’ve spoken about the damaging effects of being out of work and my number one priority is to ensure we provide fresh opportunities to those that have sadly lost their jobs, leaving no one without hope.”


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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