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Government report says Crawley is amongst worst for education, employment & affordable housing to disadvantaged residents



A government report on social mobility has said that Crawley is one of the worst towns in the country “for offering good education, employment opportunities and affordable housing to their more disadvantaged residents.”

The fifth state of the nation report out today, 28th Nov, highlights an alarming “mobility postcode lottery” across Britain.

It goes on to say that the chances of someone from a disadvantaged background succeeding in life is bound to where they live.

The report also warns that Britain is in the grip of an ever-growing division and calls on more spending to parts of the country that most need it.  To highlight this even further it says that the North is £6 billion a year underfunded when compared to London.

Interestingly the report actually debunks the view that a north-south divide exists saying there are actually hotspots and coldspots all over the country with the worst performing areas for social mobility no longer in inner city areas but actually rural and coastal areas.

Crawley was listed as one of the most affluent areas alongside the Cotswold and West Berkshire that deliver worse outcomes for disadvantaged children than places which are much poorer.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Peter Lamb, was quick to respond:


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  1. Kevin hall

    28th November 2017 at 7:21 pm

    What is a disadvantaged resident, so what constitutes a disadvantage resident? And yes there is no industry in Crawley as they have all moved out. That is why its call a business park. Full of empty office block, car showrooms a few warehouses,
    Yet the labour controlled town council must have been well aware that this was happing.
    So what have they done? As they have controlled the town hall for years. But I must say. What ever happened to the signs that read. Crawley is a nuclear free zone as you came in to Crawley on it major road, that is were your tax payers money went on. ,

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Average families water & waste bill in Crawley to fall by almost £50 this year



Southern Water Bill

The dramatic drop in the bill from Southern Water comes mainly as a result of a fall in price for the wasterwater element of the bills.

The drop of an average 11.2 per cent for 2020-21 is for the combined bill of water and wasterwater treatment services.

A typical combined bill for a domestic customer is expected to be £391 compared with an average charge of £440 last year – meaning a day’s services will cost only £1.07 a day – less than most bus fares. The cost is 13p a day or £49 a year less than last year.

The water element of bills is almost flat – the expected average is £159 compared with £156 in 2019-20. Wastewater bills will fall by an average £52 including a rebate of around £20 attributable to the company’s final settlement with Ofwat.

The big drop in bills comes at the start of a sustained fall in combined bills. Between 2020 and 2025 bills will fall by 18.4 per cent (adjusted for inflation). By 2025 the average household bill for water and wastewater will be just £343 a year. Water bills will fall 8 per cent during that time while wastewater bills will fall 24 per cent.

Southerwater say this is the start of a new ear with Ian McAulay, Southern Water chief executive adding:

“Water is essential to every aspect of our lives but it is under increasing pressure from population growth and climate change. So water companies have got to work even harder to face these challenges and keep it flowing far into the future whilst delivering the services our customers want and deserve.

Our customers have said they want us to do more to protect the environment and increase biodiversity, that’s why over the next 5 years our ‘Water for Life’ business plan will invest £4 billion into our region, generating jobs and protecting the environment whilst ensuring we keep bills affordable and support those in need.”

Southern Water has currently three key investments being worked on which include a £27.5 million five year phase of the Bathing Water Enhancement Programme which they say has helped to raise 58 out of the region’s 83 bathing waters to the “Excellent” standard.

They are also commissioning £100 million investment in rebuilding the Woolston wastewater treatment works and constructing a £15 million Chichester pipeline to support growth in the region.

Rachel Ryan-Crisp, Southern Water’s Vulnerability Lead, says:

“There are many people out there that don’t even know that these services exist and for an array of reasons whether they struggle to pay or require more support from their supplier. We can assist and offer extra care to a range of people such as those living with long-term illness, disability, the elderly and even new parent or parents with young children. Help us to help you by getting in touch for advice or by spreading the word to friends and family who could benefit.”

More details about our tariff schemes can be found here

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