Crawley Borough Council currently spends more in this area than the other districts and borough councils in West Sussex. The council’s biggest ever consultation, during which 1,200 residents gave their views on potential service changes, showed that only 36 per cent of residents disagreed with reviewing the support the council gives to the community and the voluntary sector.
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “No one wants to make these cuts, but Covid-19 has decimated the council’s main income sources right when we have to invest to attract new employment to the area and help struggling families.
“We are doing everything we can to limit the impact of cuts and where new funding is made available, such as in this case, scaling-back or reversing them.”
ouncillor Duncan Crow, Leader of the Opposition, said: “This welcome additional funding from the government will help to cushion the savings being made to our very generous grants budget and enable affected organisations to adjust more easily as they plan for the future.”