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I voted for the Government’s 1.25% rise in National Insurance on Wednesday to help pay for social care and to support the NHS in cutting big waiting lists brought on by the pandemic. 
There has been quite a bit of comment on the move, which I think shows the Prime Minister has the courage to step forward when the circumstances dictate. 
And these are some circumstances. We have had to deal with a global pandemic and the biggest challenge this country has faced in peacetime. NHS waiting lists are long and people are not getting the treatment they usually would due to cancelled operations and appointments 
Similarly, social care in this country is in crisis and reform of how it is paid for has been kicked down the road for decades. It was Tony Blair who vowed to deal with this problem back in the last century. Boris Johnson should get credit for now doing so. 
I accept there are a broad range of views and the usual politics around it. Residents I have spoken to and polls show general support for this move and there will be further work on the proposal as it progresses through Parliament.  
It has long been an injustice that people needing care could face the loss of their home, their possessions and their ability to pass on anything to their children.

The spirit of our work on the environment is very much focussed on future generations too.

Last week, I met up with Greenpeace to talk about its Operation Ocean Witness project, which has spent the summer off the Sussex coast looking at industrial fishing practices.

I certainly share concerns for the marine environment and progress is being made. 
Beachy Head East is now a Marine Conservation Zone – something I campaigned for five years ago. Now, we need to make that really count. A priority for me is to promote our local fishermen and the new Quayside development at Sovereign Harbour will really put them on the map. 

But without the vitality of marine ecosystems there is no future, so action on damaging fishing practices and quotas are key.  Going forward, I very much hope to work with Greenpeace and other groups to make sure we do protect and conserve our marine life here off the coast of Eastbourne, around the UK and in other areas internationally where we can. heir children. 


This week has welcomed the return of a non- virtual Parliament, and after many months of zooming, it has been great to be able to engage directly with ministerial colleagues. This is a very important part of my work and this week, that meant raising Eastbourne's cause on our £20million levelling up bid, speaking to the housing minister about our situation with Brighton Council, the Environment minister about our air quality and the opportunity to secure funding she has newly announced; it also meant a conversation with Priti Patel about Wednesday's small boat incident and the 104 migrants brought to shore at Sovereign Harbour.   
Many important topics and issues have been debated in the Commons Chamber, including p
lans for health and social care, pensions, Covid vaccine passports and the legacy of Jo Cox.   I have received a great deal of correspondence on certain issues debated in the Chamber, which I very much welcome as discussion and engagement is so important not only in Westminster, but in the constituency too. 

On this, I have held individual casework surgeries throughout all this time and you can call my office or email me to book an appointment. More widely, I have held a number of issue-based virtual roundtables when a number of people have written in on a particular topic. I hope to re establish my 'Politics in the pub' soon too!    

Where to pick them up and how to do the test.

Our vaccination programme is rightly a big driver in getting back to normality but so is testing and we need to make it as normal as brushing our teeth to protect our progress against the virus and community transmission. 

Recent openings will inevitably mean more cases, but free testing for those without symptoms is an important new line of defence to protect our recovery.  I now TEST regularly.  It is pretty easy and comforting to see a negative result when so many can have the virus without symptoms.  You still have to keep the usual safety measures but it feels good to step out knowing.

✅ Testing will help us
✅ Keep on the roadmap to freedom👣
✅ Stop the spread
✅ Protect the NHS 💙

TESTS: Now available free to all without symptoms and you can do 🏠 at home, order online or collect locally.

You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.

The video below explains how to do the test.

How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test)

Community Collect Site

Fort Fun Princes Park Car Park, Royal Parade, BN22 7LQ site is operating as a test site for symptomatic testing  but only in the mornings.  In the afternoons 2:30pm – 8:00pm, following a clean down, it is operating as a Community Collect site for people to collect home test kits and supports the Government statements on providing universal asymptomatic testing.

Eastbourne Pharmacies

✅ A.E. Pharma Limited, 11 Grand Hotel Buildings, Compton Street, BN21 4EJ - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ A & S Shillam Limited, 82 Seaside,  BN22 7QP - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Asda, Crumbles Harbour Village, BN23 6JH - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Boots, Princes Park Health Ctr, Wartling Road, BN22 7PG - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Day Lewis, 2 Furness Road, BN21 4EY - Test site for people with no symptoms - a booking is required

✅ Day Lewis, 10 Freshwater Square, BN22 0PS - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Osbon Medicals Limited, 116-118 Cavendish Place,  BN21 3TZ - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Tesco Stores, Lottbridge Drove, BN23 6QD - Pick up site - for at home test kits

You can find further details 

Vaccination Information
How & Where to get a Test
Community Help & Support
Free Transport for Covid-19 Vaccinations
Vaccination Scam Information
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Support for Businesses
Test & Trace Support Payment
I spent time with traders and residents around Beatty Road last week. There’s been a great deal of upset and trouble with changes made by the car park’s new owners; This parade is such an important part of everyday life for its local residents and the car park is vital to the livelihoods of traders here. On Monday I wrote to local residents to keep them informed.

A meeting  was negotiated by Councillor Penny Di Cara to try to broker a better way forward. This meeting was held at the Town Hall on Thursday with local traders, the car park owners and Sovereign councillors - I joined in via zoom from the House of Commons.

Traders are currently considering proposals and taking legal advice - and whilst negotiations continue, in the meantime, there is a moratorium on parking charges for the next fortnight.
A huge well done to Kingsmere Community Association for their Macmillan fundraising coffee morning last Saturday. I enjoyed the coffee and especially the cakes, baked by  top baker Ashton and served so nicely by Lilly  it was fantastic to  meet you all, including young Benjamin.  
Success and new jobs at the De La Warr and Rustico Italiano was secured by these guys while I was visiting  East Sussex College last week to see a new initiative in full swing: ’Hospitaity Rocks’, which promotes skills, confidence and directly connects local people with local employers. This is a brilliant collaboration for the College with the  government's Department for Work and Pensions - DWP  and supported by Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce. 

And finally...

After a hectic four days in Westminster I had a busy day of visits on Friday including welcoming our Party Chair to the town. Today I had an early start waving off walkers on the Wayfinder Woman pier2peer charity walk. More on these in next week's E-newsletter. I will be spending the rest of the morning knocking on doors to hear your views on the important issues of the day.

I may just be knocking on your door! If not, take care and with my best,


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Caroline Ansell MP · Eastbourne Town Hall · Grove Road · EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX BN21 4TX · United Kingdom