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‘Is Crawley Leader on a power trip?” – local Councillor asks

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Following the news that a Labour Councillor left the party to go independent, in turn creating a no majority party council, Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera has penned a response.

Cllr Guidera writes

“Cllr Karen Sudan publicly accused Crawley Council Leader Cllr Peter Lamb yesterday.

She wrote:

“The Coronavirus crisis made it even more important for there to be input from all Councillors and at the outset I suggested setting up a crisis committee (which could, and perhaps should, involve opposition members. Their residents have as much right to representation as others). The Council Leader dismissed this suggestion, even though there was support for it from other Labour members. He said that councillors have no role to play in the current crisis, and he has acted unilaterally all along.”

So Peter now stands accused by his own colleague of disregarding his Labour colleagues and disregarding the 17 Conservative councillors at a time when we should all have been working together during this terrible crisis for the benefit of all Crawley residents.

Right now we need to be working together. We must be discussing the future of the town, how to save jobs, how to support the economy, that’s what we’re elected to do!

Crawley faces the biggest multifaceted crisis in its history and we have a leader of 17 Labour Councillors who allegedly doesn’t want to involve many of them and all of the 17 Conservative Councillors!?!

Making it worse is the reality that if we’d had the May election I am almost certain we would have taken control of the council and Labour would not be in power.

This Thursday, 2nd of July, Peter will host yet another live video Facebook Q&A on the Crawley Borough Council Facebook page. I’m sure you have questions for him…”

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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