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Henry Smith MP Stands Up For Local Community Rights

Henry Smith MP has spoken out in favour of the rights of residents in a House of Commons debate on the effect of housing developments on local communities in West Sussex (on Monday, 7th September).

Henry Smith MP welcomes Eat Out to Help Out Scheme in Crawley

· The Eat Out to Help Out scheme gives families 50 per cent off their restaurant bills in August.

· There are 6,396 participating independent restaurants, cafes and pubs, and outlets from smaller chains in the south east of England.

Sussex Bolstered By 114 Extra Police Officers

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the announcement that Sussex Police has been bolstered by an additional 114 officers since the Government launched its major recruitment drive in September 2019.

Henry Smith MP Asks: Are You Crawley's Best Small Shop in 2020?

Henry Smith MP is calling on Crawley’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the successes of small shops and the central role they play in their local community, particularly in response to COVID-19.

Henry Smith MP welcomes Extra Funding for Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council to Support Local Services during Coronavirus

HENRY SMITH MP WELCOMES EXTRA FUNDING FOR CRAWLEY BOROUGH AND WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCILS TO SUPPORT LOCAL SERVICES DURING CORONAVIRUS

· Takes total additional funding for Crawley Borough Council to £1,392,788 and total for West Sussex County Council to £41,407,797

· Direct Government funding to help councils respond to the pandemic reaches £4.3 billion

· New Government scheme will help to cover councils’ lost income during the pandemic and boost cash flow

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the announcement that Crawley Borough Council will receive a further £206,929 and West Sussex County Council a further £4,977,559 from the Government to help pay for their response to coronavirus, as part of a £500 million package of additional support.

The extra £500 million – which brings support for pressures they are facing to £4.3 billion – will ensure councils in England can continue to deliver crucial frontline services, support those most in need and continue delivering for residents.

Henry said;

“The staff at Crawley Borough and West Sussex County Councils have played a heroic role in co-ordinating the local response to COVID-19 and I’m sure everyone in Crawley will join me in thanking them for everything they’ve done under extraordinary circumstances.

“The Government said at the beginning of this crisis that they would stand behind our councils and I’m delighted that they have done, protecting local services and ensuring councils come through this difficult period with stable finances. This additional support shows they’ve continued to listen to local concerns and will protect local services in Crawley on which we all rely.”

In total, since the pandemic began, Crawley Borough Council will have now received an additional £1,392,788 and West Sussex County Council will have now received an additional £41,407,797. This additional support forms part of a comprehensive package of Government support to help councils respond to the pandemic, including an unprecedented new scheme to help councils recover lost income, including from car parks and museums, which have been shut during the lockdown.

In addition, the Government has announced a co-payment scheme that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges. To enable them to get on the front foot and build much-needed breathing space into their budgets, the Government is also allowing them to spread their tax deficits over three years rather than the usual one. This will allow authorities to pay deficits off in a reasonable timescale and will limit their cashflow pressures.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick, commented;

“Councils are playing a vital role in our national fight against coronavirus, providing a lifeline for so many and supporting communities at a time when they need it most.

“That’s why we are giving them an extra £500 million – taking our total additional funding provided to £4.3 billion – and today I am setting out how this will be allocated to councils fairly based on the pressures they have told us they are facing.

“This comes on top of the co-payment scheme announced last week that will compensate councils for irrecoverable income losses from sales, fees and charges.”

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