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Southern Rail and Gatwick Express fares to rise by average of 2.97%

The rise will take place on the 2nd Jan 2019.

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Not the best news to start a new year with but Govia Thameslinks say that the rise is keeping below the rate of inflation and less than the national average.

Despite the rise Southern’s value advance fares have frozen for the 11th year running meaning passengers can still travel between Brighton and London for as little as £5.

The Gatwick Express single far to/from Victoria has also been frozen for the 6th year and remains at £19.90.

Southern is also allowing accompanied children to travel for a flat fare of £2 on many journeys – a price they say which is half of that offered in other parts of the country.

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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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