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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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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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