EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed the changes to Universal Credit announced on Wednesday.

She said: “This week in Westminster has been dominated by the Chancellor’s budget. A top local win was the success of our £19.8m bid to the government’s Levelling Up fund. Elements of our bid have real potential to bring transformation to our town by linking the downland to the seafront and the seafront to the town centre – three major moving parts of the Eastbourne engine. We may also now finally secure our identity as Eastern Gateway Town to the South Downs National Park and harness the national and international attraction this inspires. 

Other measures and investments in the Budget will boost skills and productivity, there was more funding for special education places and rate relief for hospitality.  I was especially pleased with the change to the ‘taper rate’ for those on Universal Credit. Essentially, building up your hours will start to work for you.”