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Crawley, where more than half of jobs are to be lost or furloughed due to coronavirus, pleads to government for help

RESIDENTS of Crawley town next to Gatwick Airport called on the government for urgent help yesterday to rescue its economy.

The call follows a recent Centre for Cities report, which said that Crawley will be the most affected economy by the Covid-19 outbreak.

More than 50 per cent of jobs are at risk of being lost or furloughed because industries that are most affected by the crisis contribute significantly to the town’s economy, the report found.

The call for help also follows the travel lockdown, which has left thousands of airline workers facing job losses.

Labour leader of the council Peter Lamb and Tory MP Henry Smith wrote to several government departments.

“Crawley is undeniably being hit far harder than any other part of the United Kingdom,” they said.

They added that the most affected sectors include aviation, transportation, retail/wholesale, leisure and hospitality, “all of which are likely to continue to struggle long after the lockdown is lifted.”

The MPs suggested a 10-point plan on what ministers could do –with a demand to “draw up, fund and implement a programme of targeted economic relief and investment in the town.”

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