The Labour government has given Crawley Council a grant increase of just 0.5%, £52,000, to run our services in 2009/10. You might call this a tight settlement at 50p perCrawleyresident. It is hardly generous by any measure when the retail price index rose by 4.2% in the year to October 2008. This means that Crawley is seeing a cut of 3.7% in real terms at a time when the government is encouraging us to introduce so-called free services. The grant increase of £52,000 will hardly contribute much to our base budget of £22.3 million.