EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says the Tory government is giving our town ‘unprecedented support.’

She says ‘making the case for money for Eastbourne and Willingdon is my constant cause.’

And today she has published a list of ways that Eastbourne has been supported in these difficult times.

She said: “They are big sums to make a big difference locally over the coming years.

“In the shadow of this global pandemic, the government has met unprecedented need with unprecedented support. “

First, she highlights that £3.7 million has been given to the local NHS trust to help its A&E over the winter and £1.6 million to restore one of the town’s historic landmarks, The Winter Gardens.

In August, the Devonshire area of the town received £419,000 to help combat crime through the government’s Safer Streets Fund.

Government cash has also recently come to the town in the shape of funding for cycling and help for rough sleepers.

Some 14,600 jobs have been protected via the furlough scheme at a cost of millions.

£13.9 million has been spent to support self-employed people.

Over £41 million has been earmarked for Bounce Back Loans for small companies and a total of £19,947,000 of business grants have been paid out.

Caroline says: “All of this is government support.

“Our hard-hit hospitality industry now has VAT cut to just 5%, thanks to the government in a move I championed with the Prime Minister and Chancellor.

“Local schools are benefiting from upgraded facilities in what was also a recent announcement.

“A total of £1.33 million is going to Heron Park Primary Academy, Oakwood Primary Academy, Ratton School and The Cavendish School.

“Our pupils will benefit from a share of the government’s £1 billion fund to help children catch-up following lockdown.

“These are just some of the figures in black and white. “