EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has outlined how the government is helping with the cost of living crisis.

She said: “Around 15,000 families across Eastbourne and Willingdon have received the first payment from the government to help with cost-of-living pressures.

The money should have automatically hit the bank accounts of those on an array of means-tested benefits by 31st July as part of the government’s £37 billion national support package.

A second instalment will be given in the autumn. 

This – and more – is going to be important as we face steep rises in the price of energy, fuel and food.

Inflation, in part caused by the war in Ukraine and post-covid supply disruption, will take time and careful decision-making to both arrest and bring down. 

Another strategy in tackling the cost-of-living crisis for families in need of support is the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) taking place across Eastbourne this month.

The scheme for children from reception up to year 11 is funded by the Department for Education for families eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

HAF’s purpose is to make sure children and young people have opportunities outside of school for new learning and life experiences, to be physically active and have a healthy meal too. 

Earlier this year, the government confirmed HAF funding for the next three years.

I am delighted by this commitment.  The Children’s Commissioner is a big supporter too. 

This programme has the potential to make an important difference at any time, all the more so in these financially challenging times.”