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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.



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.


Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week



West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email

More information is available on our BacktoSchool webpages

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