Statement from Amber on Government Spending Review

TODAY THE CHANCELLOR has made a series of spending decisions that will have an extremely positive effect on our towns.

I’m delighted to share some of the highlights with you:

  • We’re seeing more money going into our schools than ever before, with every secondary school receiving more than £5,000 per pupil next year. And over the next 18 months each primary school will receive more than £4,000 per pupil.
  • These funding increases will mean building on the real improvements made to the schools in our towns and I look forward to the new Education Secretary Gavin Williamson seeing them for himself.
  • Our local councils will also be seeing a large increase in funding, so local authorities like East Sussex County Council will get better support than now. For example, Hastings & Rye will be able to access some of the extra £1 billion grant available for social care.
  • I am pleased that Hastings Borough Council will receive a share of an additional £54 million fund dedicated to address homelessness and rough sleeping in our towns.
  • And I have also secured more money for my own Department that will benefit Hastings & Rye, For example, the DWP has now received a £40 million boost for more discretionary housing payments. This means more people will be able to stay in their homes by having their rent topped up.

These aren’t just numbers, it means real improvements for people throughout our towns.

This is only made possible by the hard work of the British people and decisions made by successive Conservative Governments over the last decade. I am pleased that this hard work is being rewarded through spending more on people’s priorities.

As many of you will know this comes at a very serious time for Britain, with the Brexit process reaching a critical point. The path forward will not be straightforward and I know there are strong views on both sides of this debate.

Within the Cabinet, I am continuing to support the government’s efforts to secure a deal with the European Union that will protect our towns.