Henry Smith MP has welcomed the Government’s confirmation that Crawley Borough Council will see its budget increased by 6.1 per cent this year and West Sussex County Council will see its budget increased by 7 per cent this year, as part of the Government’s commitment to level up local services across the country.
Last Friday was the Full Council meeting at West Sussex County Council that determined the budget for the year ahead. It is well-known that ‘upper tier’ authorities in areas of two-tier local authorities such as West Sussex, have much greater financial challenges than ‘lower tier’ authorities such as Crawley Borough Council, that gains significant income from its huge level of reserves that it has from the sale of council houses.
The December general election saw a tectonic shift in our country’s politics. Across the nation including here in Crawley, we saw thousands of people vote Conservative for the first time, many of whom had previously always voted Labour.
Henry Smith MP has welcomed the confirmation that secondary schools in West Sussex are guaranteed at least £5,000 in per pupil funding, and every primary school at least £3,750 per pupil, thanks to new legislation introduced by the Government.
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