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Henry Smith MP: Government investment in Crawley

In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the investment into Crawley’s town centre and transport infrastructure.

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This week it was confirmed that the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership’s investment for the Crawley Growth Programme has increased to £15.4 million.

The project is seeing improvements to Crawley town centre as well as Manor Royal through new office space, more homes, as well as improved transport infrastructure.

The Government’s £820,000 of Local Growth Funding recently announced follows the previous allocation of £14.6 million. The latest phase of the project will focus on Manor Royal Business Improvement District through extending a proposed bus lane, resulting in a reduction in journey times.

I am also pleased to welcome improvements to cycling and walking routes to not only make more sustainable transport options more attractive, but to also reduce carbon emissions.

Earlier this month I called for the Transport Secretary to update MPs on the importance of improving rail network functionality. The service is vital to commuters and occasional travellers from Three Bridges, Crawley and Ifield stations and recent disruptions cannot continue.

As part of the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund I recently accepted an invitation to join the Crawley Towns Fund Board – an important way we can secure further investment locally.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Kickstarting the recovery

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As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via: www.gov.uk/kickstart

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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