Eastbourne Hospitality Association’s Vice Chair Kristian Hayter has welcomed the extension of the VAT reduction in today’s Budget.

“The reduction to 5% has been crucial to the survival of hundreds of tourism and hospitality businesses,” she said.

“As we prepare to reopen this extension will support businesses to protect jobs and the tourism economy which is vital for our town.

“Pre-Covid tourism was worth £530 million to Eastbourne and accounted for nearly 30% of jobs. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline for her continuous lobbying on this matter and we will continue to seek further extensions as this is crucial to our sector.”