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Peter Lamb: Small Business Saturday this weekend



Small Business Saturday takes place this weekend. The annual event, now in its fifth year, focuses on the role of small businesses within communities and encourages people to use local retailers, services and suppliers.

Over recent years, the council has sought to support Crawley’s small businesses in a range of ways: we’ve helped provide small businesses with access to expert advice on a range of issues, we’ve run campaigns and events designed to encourage individuals and businesses to ‘Buy Local’ thereby creating local supply chains and keeping money circulating around our economy, and we’ve even provided grant funding to help some small businesses take on and train new apprentices, meet start-up costs or expand existing operations.

Within just the last few months, the council has launched its scheme for targeted business rate relief in the wake of the national revaluation, helping small businesses adapt to the change in their liabilities.

By supporting small businesses we not only ensure Crawley remains an area of high employment, but that residents have access to an increasing range of career opportunities.

Yet, what we do as a council is only one of many elements determining the success of small businesses.

For instance, businesses need to have access to reliable infrastructure and as the internet requires companies to cater to the needs of an increasingly distant customer-base, a fast and reliable postal system is vitally important.

So, it’s a concern for many that post-privatisation Royal Mail is now pushing for later delivery times. The postal service is part of our national infrastructure, not just a company, and for our economy to thrive it is critical that we as citizens and businesses all let Royal Mail know that whatever savings their shareholders might make from delaying deliveries simply isn’t worth the hit to our national infrastructure.

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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.”

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