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Crawley school to host free workshop for parents on keeping children safe online

Would you like to know how to keep your children safe online?

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Parents and carers in West Sussex are invited to attend a free NSPCC online safety workshop which will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday, 17 January at Holy Trinity C of E School, Buckswood Drive, Gossops Green, Crawley RH11 8JE.

NSPCC Local Campaigns Manager Emma Motherwell will deliver the session, which is being offered as part of a series of free Stay Safe sessions hosted by West Sussex County Council and running until March 2019.

The free NSPCC workshop is primarily aimed at parents of children aged 7 to 11 years old and is designed to give parents and carers the skills and knowledge to understand the internet as young people do, and to encourage parents to talk to their children about the online world, its positives and its risks.

Those interested in attending the session can either turn up on the night or book their place by emailing CommunitySafety.Wellbeing@westsussex.gov.uk

Future online safety workshop events are as follows:

  *   Thursday, 7 February 2019 – Holbrook Primary School, Holbrook School Lane, Horsham RH12 5PP 6pm-8pm.
  *   Thursday, 14 March, 2019 – Sackville School, Lewes Road, East Grinstead RH19 3TY6pm-8pm.

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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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