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‘We will freeze rail fare increases in Crawley for 5 years’ say Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will freeze rail fare increases for Crawley commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system.

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According to their plans the Liberal Democrats say that their government would cancel the 2.8% rail fare increase planned for December 2018 and freeze Crawley commuter fares and season tickets for the entirety of the next five years.

By doing this they say they would save season ticket holders from Crawley to London, £1,693.98 over the next five years but also admit the policy would expected to cost approximately £1.6 billion.

They also say they will overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, looking to create season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Crawley, Khalil Yousuf said:

“Under the Tories, Crawley commuters have been catastrophically let down. People are paying way over the odds for what has often been an appalling service.

“The Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future by freezing fares from Crawley to London for the next five years, saving local commuters hundreds of pounds. We will properly invest in fixing our creaking rail network to improve capacity and reduce overcrowding, so Crawley commuters are no longer treated like cattle.

“But this is about more than just providing more funding. We will also strip rail companies of franchises if they don’t meet the standards expected of them anddevelop new transport mutual companies to foster alternative competition.”

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Kickstarting the recovery

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As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.

The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.

Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.

The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.

Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.

Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.

Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via: www.gov.uk/kickstart

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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