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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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Henry Smith MP in the House of Commons

Helping the ‘exiled and ignored’ Chagossians

Displaced Chagossians are a step closer to receiving ‘some measure of fairness’, half a century after they were displaced from their homeland.

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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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MP Tim Farron

COUNTY NEWS: MP Tim Farron responds to news of fracking firm’s return to Sussex

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

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Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor. Picture: Derek Martin

COUNTY NEWS: Sussex Green MEP slams councillors for backing fracking firm’s return

Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor has slammed councillors for backing a fracking firm’s return to Sussex to test an oil well.

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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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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

COUNTY NEWS: Sussex Green MEP calls on council to reject plans to test Sussex oil well

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

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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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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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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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The Worthing Unified Open Bowls Tournament in action

COUNTY NEWS: Sussex bowls event ‘under threat’ after council’s parking decision

A Sussex town could lose its last major bowls tournament if a deal offering free parking to competitors is withdrawn, one of its organisers has claimed.

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Maria Caulfield speaking in the House of Commons

COUNTY NEWS: MP raises concerns over energy drinks following death of man who ‘drank 15 cans a day’

A Sussex MP has raised concerns about the safety of energy drinks following the death of a 25-year-old man said to have consumed up to 15 cans a day.

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Council tax bills could rise in Sussex after Government changes rules

Council tax bills could rise in Sussex after Government changes rules

Council tax bills in Sussex will be allowed to rise by a higher percentage than last year without authorities needing to consult residents, the Government has announced.

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