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Smiles all round as first residents move into new homes at Forge Wood, Crawley

Local residents enjoyed a warm and cosy Christmas after receiving the keys to their new homes in Crawley’s newest neighbourhood.

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Local residents enjoyed a warm and cosy Christmas after receiving the keys to their new homes in Crawley’s newest neighbourhood. In December 2018, 13 houses and six flats in Forge Wood were handed over to residents. 

The latest additions are part of the council’s ambitious programme to build more than 1,000 new council homes across Crawley.

New tenant Darren Williams was over the moon to be able to move into his new home with his new daughter and partner.

Mr Williams said:

“This is not just a house, it’s a home for my 10 month old daughter, my partner and me.”

Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Housing, said:

“I was delighted to be able to visit Forge Wood and meet some of its newest residents. It’s great to see so many developments around the town taking shape. Crawley is a growing town and providing new homes for our residents is something that we are deeply committed to doing. 

That we were able to provide 19 households on our waiting list with new homes in Forge Wood in time for Christmas was a particular pleasure, as well as being able to personally wish Darren and his family all the very best for the future”.

The borough’s newest neighbourhood is currently being developed by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon and will have more than 1900 properties once completed. 

All the council homes being built in Forge Wood will be charged at social rents.

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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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