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Peter Lamb: Enough is Enough!

In his article this week the leader of Crawley Borough Council says police cuts have gone too far.

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Enough is enough. The police cuts have gone too far.

We need our officers and PCSOs back on Crawley’s streets. Whatever the Government likes to claim, violent crime has risen in-line with police cuts and to assume that is just a coincidence is gambling with people’s safety.

Even with the money Sussex Police do get, which increasingly has to be paid from your council tax while the Government cuts their grant, the Police and Crime Commissioner is making the wrong decisions. For four years, Crawley’s Labour representatives on the Sussex Police and Crime Panel, including myself, have dissected the Sussex Police budget and highlighted that millions of pounds of cuts to neighbourhood policing could have been avoided. Unfortunately, no one listened.

The result is where we are now, with violent crime on the rise and residents complaining that when they are attacked with fireworks in the street, when people are breaking into their cars and when there is violence on the High Street, there simply aren’t the police available to respond anymore. At the end of the day, that comes down to a political choice about their funding and no amount of spin can hide it.

Without the police to enforce the law, laws become pointless and without laws we’re forced to live in a state of chaos.

As the Leader of Crawley Borough Council, I’m tired of being asked to bite my tongue and rely upon a quiet word with the right people to turn things around.

Well, the subtle approach doesn’t seem to be working, so let’s just make the reality clear for people: the Government and the Police and Crime Commissioner have the power in their hands to turn this all around, if they decide not to then we’ll know what our safety is worth to them.

Peter Lamb

Leader of Crawley Borough Council

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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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