EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed this week’s Spring Statement:

“I welcome the Chancellor’s Spring Statement and the help he announced to support families across Eastbourne and Willingdon with this increase in the cost of living. 

Important announcements include equalising income and National Insurance thresholds at £12,570. It was a move that will help 30 million households in the country with an extra £330 a year.

The cost of fuel is also something I know many local people have been concerned about and written to me on. The 5p cut in fuel duty for 12 months is good news then. The £1billion Household Support Fund that councils can call upon to help the most vulnerable is targeted support. Local authorities know their areas and know how best to help.

These measures build on the £9.1 billion of support announced to tackle rising energy bills. 

No Chancellor can neutralise the inflationary pressures caused by war, the pandemic and global supply costs. There will be calls for deeper public spending and more support – as indeed I have made before, for pensioners just above the credit threshold or those on UC, but the measures in the statement will make a difference.  That the cost of servicing our national debt post-pandemic will be almost twice the defence budget and close to the £83.3billion due to be spent on education demonstrates the scale of the Chancellor’s challenge.”