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West Sussex Council leader responds to Crawley demands on cuts: “It’s important that local authorities work together to find a solution”

Responding to the public outcry surrounding the news that proposed financial cuts could lead to places like Crawley’s Open House closing, the leader of West Sussex County Council has penned a statement.

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This comes just a day after Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb posted a copy of a letter he sent to Ms Goldsmith detailing how if such cuts were to go ahead, then Crawley’s relationship with West Sussex would end.  You can read the letter here.

And only this morning, another revelation came to light when it appeared that Nathan Elvery, Chief Exec for West Sussex County Council was showing his support for Open House by liking a tweet from Cllr Peter Lamb.  Read the story here.

CN24 contacted West Sussex County Council to ask for a response from Ms Goldsmith.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council said:

“I acknowledge that supported housing projects help a number of vulnerable people including those who are homeless, rough sleepers and ex-offenders. We no longer have dedicated funding for housing support from central government and the services we provide are not statutory unlike many others which are under pressure. We recognise that making savings in this area could lead to an increase in pressure on other services in the long-run and we will work closely with our partners in the voluntary sector and other local authorities to find ways to keep the impact of any funding changes to a minimum.

“It’s important to emphasise that no decisions have been taken on where potential savings can be made and we will open consultation on the future funding of these services this month which will allow us to hear from affected stakeholders before any final decisions are made.

“Local authorities across the country are having to make really difficult decisions about how to spend their ever decreasing finances and West Sussex is no exception. We simply do not have the money to continue delivering the services we currently deliver in the same way and we want to have a really open conversation with our residents about the decisions we have to make around spending their money.

“It’s important that local authorities work together to find a solution to the financial pressures we face and I am committed to supporting and helping the housing authorities in West Sussex – our district and boroughs – together with housing charities, to tackle this very complex issue.”

You can read how this all started here.

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Council offers four new apprenticeships

Kick-start your career and make a positive difference to our community, is the message coming from Crawley Borough Council

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The council has four exciting roles available:

  • Worth Park Horticultural Apprentice
  • Communications Apprentice
  • Apprentice Building Maintenance Surveyor
  • Apprentice Specialist Fitter (Vehicle, Plant and Equipment).

Our apprenticeship opportunities aim to help talented people take their first steps in specialist areas while gaining local government experience.

If you’re passionate about helping others and making a difference to Crawley’s residents and the local environment, an apprenticeship with the council could be perfect for you!

The full-time 18-month Horticultural Apprentice role is a unique opportunity based at Worth Park; it’ll combine your passion for sustainable horticulture, hands-on outdoor tasks and a thirst for learning new things.

If you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in the media, Communications Apprentice might be the role for you! During the 18-month programme you’ll write press releases, schedule social media posts, work with local and regional press and so much more.

The Building Maintenance Surveyor vacancy is a two-year apprenticeship with Crawley Homes. You’ll work alongside experienced surveyors and get hands-on experience as a valued member of the Responsive Repairs and Planned Maintenance Teams.

Learn how to service and repair a wide range of vehicles, plant machinery and mechanical equipment with the Specialist Fitter apprenticeship. For three years, you’ll be part of our experienced Vehicle Workshop Team based in County Oak.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “As a council, we’re committed to offering these opportunities to young people and those looking to start a new career.

“With our apprenticeships, you can be earning a competitive salary while gaining invaluable work experience and a transferable qualification – there are no drawbacks!”

All vacancies close on Sunday 21 July and offer a starting salary of £12,042.

Find out more about our apprenticeships and register for vacancy alerts at crawley.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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