EASTBOURNE and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed a further £473,000 of government funding for the town’s borough council to help it deal with the covid pandemic.

The cash, from a £1billion national pot, is not ring fenced so the authority can choose what to spend it on and it comes after Caroline lobbied ministers for the extra money.

This latest support means the government has now spent nearly £100 million in Eastbourne this year on job support, grants and infrastructure projects, in addition to a reduction to 5 per cent for VAT Caroline also successfully lobbied for.

Eastbourne Borough Council has now received a total of £1,755 million in extra covid funding in four tranches.

“This money will help the council continue its services and help local people cope with the pandemic during these winter months and it is yet again most welcome news,” said Caroline.

“I continue to lobby ministers in Westminster to do all they can to help our town and I think the figures speak for themselves: this government has stepped up and supported Eastbourne with unprecedented funding and I am very grateful for its support.”