EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says the gas price rise is a global issue and there is help available.

Here’s her latest reflections: “Eastbourne Business Breakfast was back, on Friday 8th  – the first since I was re-elected as your MP in 2019. It was good to meet up with business leaders to discuss issues facing our town.
At the event, I spoke of my concerns about the cost of living ahead of this winter especially around gas prices and inflation. These are global issues as the world starts to recover from the pandemic but they are very real for many families in our town.
The Government has set up a £500m hardship fund for English councils to give to the most vulnerable and there is a variety of help available with fuel costs. If you need help, please get in touch with the council as soon as possible.
I also spoke about the significant government investment to come to our town, not least through a potential £100 million Defra project on sea defences. I mentioned important legislation going through Parliament this autumn too.  The Nationality and Borders Bill is especially key following widespread concern about the numbers of small boat crossings – some of which made land at Sovereign Harbour.
The Government’s Free Speech Bill is another important piece of legislation this autumn. It seeks to safeguard the space for the honest, open and robust debate on which our democratic society is founded and where different opinion can be heard and respected. The appalling intimidation and harassment of Sussex University academic, Kathleen Stock, is a case in point and illustrates why this is so important and so necessary.”