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New report shows Crawley Chief Exec lowest paid in West Sussex

The annual report by the Taxpayers Alliance for 2017/18 has shone a light on the huge pay gap between council chiefs across the UK.

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Natalie Brahma-Pearl is the Chief Executive of Crawley Borough Council.

The Town Hall Rich List has listed all the top earners working within councils across the UK.

And whilst many are reporting on the extravagant salaries that many are taking (Croydon’s Chief Exec reportedly takes £185k) it is the gulf of difference between other councils and Crawley’s that is most alarming.

It is reported that Crawley’s CE receives around £140k per annum which when compared to Horshams CE who takes £148k and Brighton’s (£160k) is lower respectively.

West Sussex’s CE receives a mind blowing £190k more than double that of Crawley’s.

Now whilst many councils differ in size and numbers of residents and businesses, Crawley has always been a fast growing and vast empire when it comes to companies who reside here.

In-fact the report shows that Crawley’s CE is in the bottom ten of all council Chief Execs across the whole country with CE of Hillingdon in London at the top reportedly paid £226k.

With the second largest airport in the UK on its doorstep, a population that is increasing year on year at an alarming rate, more schools than most towns around the UK and a police force that is struggling to cope it is clear that the town is not an easy place to run.

And yet questions are now being raised as to why such a thriving town is paying its public service officers at the lowest rates across the UK.

Crawley Borough Council have been approached for comment.

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“Scams can happen to anyone” says West Sussex Trading Standards

Residents are being encouraged to come forward and report scams this June.

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West Sussex Trading Standards is urging the public not to feel embarrassed if they fall victim to a scam.

“Scams can happen to anyone” is the message of this year’s national Scams Awareness Campaign.

Trading Standards officers and Citizens Advice will be attending a range of events across the county, including Crawley, to provide information on scams and to offer tips to avoid falling victim to fraudulent activity. These are taking place on:

•           Tuesday 18 June from 11am to 1pm at Tesco, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill
•           Thursday 20 June from 11am to 1pm at Sainsbury’s, Bannister Way, Haywards Heath
•           Thursday 20 June from 9:30am to 1pm at Tesco, Fishbourne Road, Chichester
•           Saturday 22 June from 12 noon to 5pm at Crawley Festival, Memorial Gardens, Crawley
•           Thursday 27 June from 9:30am to 1pm at Tesco, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“Falling victim to a scam can leave people feeling embarrassed and reluctant to come forward. Removing the stigma around scams is vital and I would urge people to come along to these events and talk about their experiences.”

Anyone concerned about scams can get advice from the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

You can learn more about scams and report fraud and cybercrime at: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Report an incident or concern direct to West Sussex Trading Standards Service online: www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport

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