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Sussex police launch PCSO recruitment drive

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Sussex Police is on the look-out for new Police Community Support Officers in their latest recruitment drive.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) recruitment Launched on Monday 16 March and will last until midnight on Monday 23 March.

Sussex Police say:

From dealing with anti-social behaviour to providing reassurance and helping resolve community challenges, PCSOs play a critical and visible role in preventing harm.

We’re looking for great communicators, those who are calm, confident, compassionate and can listen carefully, think through challenges, find solutions and have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our communities safe.

Owing to investment of the 2019 precept rise, by the end of March 2020, Sussex Police will have a net increase of 100 PCSOs, bringing their total to 296 full-time equivalent PCSOs.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said:

“I am delighted to announce that PCSO recruitment is now open. If you would like to make a difference, value listening to others and can help communities find solutions under pressure to keep them safe and feeling safe then I would encourage you to apply to be a PCSO. It is a vital, challenging and varied role which is also incredibly rewarding as you help the people who need us most.I look forward to welcoming you to the Sussex Police family and making the best of your skills and life experience.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

“If you want to become the boots on the ground which boost public confidence, gather intelligence and help take down criminals in your community, then this is the job for you.”

Sussex Police say if you can listen carefully, think through challenges, find solutions and have the diplomacy, resourcefulness and desire to keep our community safe, then this could be the career for you.

To apply, visit: https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/police-community-support-officer-sysx-unfm00026-1

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‘It’s not nearly enough funding’ warns Crawley Council as business grant applications open

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Eligible businesses can now apply for the latest round of business grants but Crawley Borough Council says the funding is not nearly enough.

Despite Crawley being responsible for 25 per cent of the economic output in West Sussex, it has been given some of the lowest grant funding in the county.

The government has given the council £3,733,396 made up of:

  • £1,485,216 in Local Restrictions Support Grant to distribute to businesses that pay business rates and have had to close during the second lockdown
  • £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the lockdown but not legally required to close.

Out of seven local authorities in West Sussex, only one received less than Crawley’s combined grants figure. Five councils received more.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town. This means that Arun District Council, for example, has received £3,215,160 due to a larger population but smaller economy.

And only one council in West Sussex received less than Crawley across both rounds of grant funding in April and November. Crawley received a total of £17,167,646. The highest – Chichester District Council – received £43,739,396.

In the first round of grants earlier this year only 23 per cent of Crawley businesses received financial help from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“The pot of grant funding provided by the government is very limited and does not recognise the number of businesses we have in Crawley.

“The way the grant settlement is calculated – on population and not on the size of the economy – means we have to turn most businesses away, while other councils have millions to spare. This is causing major hardship at a time when Crawley is already the hardest-hit economy in the UK.”

Businesses that have had to close during the second lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant by visiting https://grantapproval.co.uk

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