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With Surrey confirming plans to raise council tax by 15%, could that happen in Crawley?

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Last week Surrey council confirmed its plans to raise the council tax by a staggering 15% claiming mounting pressures on social care budget and children’s services.

This move now has resulted in a county-wide referendum for all its residents.

The tory led council said they had no choice to make this proposition due to “a huge gap” in their budget.

It is worth noting that since 2012, no council can raise council tax by more than the cap set by central government without a referendum.

Obviously, the reaction from both opposition parties and residents themselves has been predictable.

But this does beg the question that if successful, could this be seen as the start of something that could happen around the country and in particular in Crawley?

Surrey Council claim that their finances are currently on a cliff edge and this is their only option, whilst a Lib Dem health spokeman said they needed to stop passing the buck and get a grip of the crisis.

To give an idea of the scale of the suggested rise, a family who live in band D properties would see a rise in their council tax of over £190 a year.

Now lets not panic just yet.  What is happening in Surrey is unique to them which is why it has made headlines and remember this is why a referendum is required.

Numerous sources here have all indicated that something like this was extremely unlikely to ever happen…but then again we didn’t think Brexit would happen…did we?

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.

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Get practising because Britain’s Got Talent is coming to Crawley!

The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

On Thursday 30th August from 2-8pm you can audition to be a part of this fantastic show.

If you are under 18 you MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

You can also apply via ITV.com/talent

So dust off those dance shoes, dig out the instruments and show the world how talented you are.

 

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