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Katy Bourne’s council tax increase plan agreed

A council tax increase of 7.8 per cent proposed by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has been backed by a scrutiny group today (Friday January 19).

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Capita provide back-office functions for West Sussex County Council

Council insources Capita back office staff

Several back office functions outsourced by West Sussex County Council to a private company are set to be brought back in-house.

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Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council

County council proposing 4.95 per cent tax rise

The future of vital services will be at risk if government does not take a long term view on local authority funding was the warning issued by West Sussex County Council today as it announced a proposed 4.95 per cent increase in its share of the council tax.

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Southern remain bottom for customer satisfaction in an annual rail survey run by Which?

Southern remains bottom for customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with Southern services is the lowest nationally for the third straight year, according to results from a new survey.

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Southern train

Southern strike action cost taxpayer £22m in lost revenue

The £22million cost of Southern strike action to the taxpayer in lost revenue has been blamed on the ‘crazy nature’ of the rail operator’s contract put together by the Government.

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SECAmb vehicle

Ambulance service ‘middle of the pack’ for new response standards

Sussex’s ambulance service is now in the ‘middle of the pack’ for response times nationally after new standards were introduced last year.

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Jonathan Ashworth, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary speaking about the failed Coperforma contract in the House of Commons (photo from Parliament.tv).

Calls for inquiry into patient transport payments ‘scandal’

A Parliamentary inquiry into payments to a failed private patient transport service provider in Sussex should be held, according to MPs and trade union officials.

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Tim Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham MP, speaking in Westminster Hall on the need for families of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims to be able to access legal aid (photo from Parliament.tv).

Families of airshow crash victims ‘in a state of limbo’

Families of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims are in a ‘disgraceful’ state of limbo until the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides if it will pursue criminal charges.

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MP Tim Farron

MP Tim Farron responds to news of fracking firm’s return to Balcombe

The previous leader of the Liberal Democrats has responsed to the news that fracking firm Cuadrilla will return to Balcome to test for oil.

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Southern train

Southern ‘nightmare’ could have been avoided by Government

The ‘nightmare’ experienced by Southern train passengers over the last three years could have been avoided by the Government, according to a new report from a Parliamentary body.

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Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor. Picture: Derek Martin

‘A sad day for residents and campaigners’ – says Sussex Green MEP

Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor has slammed West Sussex county councillors for backing fracking firm Cuadrilla’s plans to return to Balcombe.

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Katy Bourne

Council tax rise to help protect 480 Sussex Police posts

An increase in Sussex Police’s share of council tax would help protect 480 officer and staff posts, according to the county’s police and crime commissioner.

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Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor. Picture: Derek Martin

Sussex Green MEP calls on council to reject plans to test Balcombe oil well

Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor is calling on West Sussex county councillors to heed the overwhelming calls from their constituents and reject plans to test an oil well in Balcombe.

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Heating costs could ‘soar’ under government’s new energy plans

Heating costs could ‘soar’ under government’s new energy plans

More than 21,000 oil heated households in Sussex could see their fuel bills soar if new government proposals go ahead, according to heating technician OFTEC (Oil and Renewable Heating Technologies).

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Southern train

Latest Southern strike action set to go ahead

Strike action set to affect Southern services is set to go ahead on Monday (January 8), trade union officials have confirmed.

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DM17103301a.jpg Hassocks residents' campaign against 500 homes pictured last year. Photo by Derek Martin Photography. SUS-171024-191610008

Public showdown to be held over 500 Hassocks homes plan

A public showdown over plans for 500 homes on the edge of Hassocks is due to be held at the start of February.

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Southern train

Train passengers hit with ticket price rises

Southern and Thameslink train passengers buying tickets this morning were hit by the biggest price increases in five years.

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Balcombe residents opposed to drilling activities at the Lower Stumble site (photo submitted).

January showdown for Balcombe drilling site application

A decision on plans to extend activities at a drilling site near Balcombe is set to be made in January.

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Lib Dem Francis Oppler has criticised cuts to community grant funding by West Sussex County Council

Council’s grant funding to be cut by half

Grant funding for community groups and organisations in West Sussex is set to be cut in half by the county council next year.

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West Sussex gritters

Gritting network could be slashed

The size of the West Sussex road network gritted by the county council could be slashed by almost a third.

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