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I have spoken with many businesses across the town over the summer about the future.  

The Government’s kickstart scheme has been an excellent opportunity to bring in new young people and I was pleased to meet two ‘kickstarters’ Matt & George at the railway station and see them in action, supporting the travelling public.  
 
It was the right call by the government to end restrictions at the start of the summer and this week, the Government unveiled its Winter Covid Plan. I think it shows we have come a long way since this virus struck through our amazing vaccination programme, but the pandemic is not over and the situation could change if hospitalisations and deaths rise. 
 
First and foremost, please make sure you have both jabs. The Office of National Statistics released figures this week that I hope will back up the jab message. Out of 51,281 covid deaths recorded between January 2 and July 2 in England, only 256 died after they had been given two doses and the majority of those were clinically vulnerable patients. 
 
My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones but this is a startling statistic. It shows the jabs are saving lives and they could save yours too. The booster jabs for those over 50 along with the flu jabs will do much to help ease pressure on the NHS too. We are in a much better place but we have to be vigilant now winter is coming.  
 
Eastbourne is a tennis town and so I am sure many residents cheered to the rafters Emma Raducanu’s US Open Tennis triumph. This 18-year-old Briton is an absolutely brilliant role model and I hope very much to see her competing in Eastbourne next year. 

WEEK IN WESTMINSTER 


There was an opposition debate this week on the £20 uplift to Universal Credit, made at the onset of the pandemic.
 
I personally support maintaining the uplift but the government’s position - that this was a temporary award – still stands.    
 
The decision not to make the uplift permanent was made months ago but I did again restate my support for it to the Chancellor. The truth of it is there was no debate and no vote this week which would have overturned the Treasury decision. The uplift is programmed to end October 6th, having been extended beyond its original 6 months.  
 
In this light, I have asked that should the uplift fall as planned, that we provide a fund, such as the Winter Grant Scheme administered as before by the East Sussex County Council. This allowed a draw down for those in greatest need.  
 
On wider UC support, I am petitioning for reforms including cutting the taper rate, increasing work allowances and re-linking Universal Credit to the cost of living to realise its full potential as a dynamic, empowering means to provide welfare and support people into work. This is especially key with the rise of inflation we have just seen.  
  
I will be working closely with local councils, the job centre and local charities in the next weeks and months to come to understand and respond to the situation on the ground.  

Can I say if you are impacted by this change and would like to meet me to discuss in further detail, would you contact me, by email or phone?  

Legislation to underpin NHS funding and social care passed through the House of Commons this week. An overview of all this means can be found on the link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1015736/Build_Back_Better-_Our_Plan_for_Health_and_Social_Care.pdf
In the Chamber this week I spoke in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Questions. I offered my congratulations to the newly appointed Secretary of State. See my question and the positive response by clicking on the image.
CABINET RESHUFFLE  
It was quite a week in Westminster with the Cabinet reshuffle. I have worked closely with Minister Nadhim Zahawi on the vaccine rollout and I am delighted to see him now returned to the Department for Education as the Secretary of State. This was us with Lord Lucas back in 2018 when he was Children’s Minister talking through plans for our new special school in Eastbourne. 
"THE DELIGHTS OF THE GARDEN" 
Something for you to enjoy this weekend and next would be a walk through, ‘The Delights of The Garden’ an arts trail inspired by the natural environment at Churchdale Road Allotments.
 
I was delighted to join Tempo Arts, Compass Community Arts, The Gather Community and Blackberry Buzzards at their opening event last Friday. It’s wonderful how it has brought people together and the sense of peace was amazing. I pitched for a return and a night garden experience too!    

LATERAL FLOW TESTS - OUR NEW NORMAL
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 - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ 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 
at   https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#/location/Eastbourne

LINKS TO USEFUL INFORMATION
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
BEATTY ROAD CAR PARK UPDATE  
I have been down to Beatty Road on a number of occasions with Sovereign Councillors and we will continue to support the business owners in seeking a resolution. They are so valued by the community and this has all been very stressful. 
 

Meantime, local residents using the shops cannot be made to pay to park.  The shop owners have legal rights of access to this car park for themselves and their customers.  I hope this means a swift return to business as usual for this parade which is so valued by the community.  I’m planning on making a visit to EBUK Hairdressing in the very near future! 

 Party Chairman's visit to Eastbourne 
Last Friday I was pleased to welcome to Eastbourne the then Conservative Party Chairman Amanda Milling MP to showcase our town and to put Eastbourne on the map! Despite some initial rain the sunshine coast didn't disappoint. 

We had an initial coffee at Towner Art Gallery to hear the latest plans on Levelling Up and then we got to meet the guys behind a fantastic new business, Cadence. They are to be found by The Congress and take e bike tours along the South Downs Way to Litlington.  It was great to get out on two wheels in the September sunshine as we whizzed up to Victoria Place on the e-bikes taking in views of the seafront.

Our final stop was at Racquet Studios which specialise in virtual reality film making. This could help attract new jobs in the industries of the future to complement our strong hospitality offer. The sky's the limit for our town's ambition!
WAYFINDER WOMAN PIER TO PIER CHARITY WALK 
Last Saturday, early in the morning, it was good to wave off the incredible women walking from our very own pier to Hastings pier in aid of the work of fantastic local charity Wayfinder Woman. Among those I waved off was  newly elected Sovereign Councillor Kshama Shore!

It's not too late to donate via their website 
https://www.wayfinderwoman.com

And finally...

One curve ball this week was being pinged by the app, I had to take a PCR test but later was given the all clear. Thank you to Luca who took me through all the steps and the whole team at the walk-in test centre by Fort Fun. - Super efficient 

It is important to keep testing regularly with lateral flow tests, however if you need a PCR test you can book one from the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Yesterday I enjoyed a visit to East Sussex College and also attended a fund raising lunch with guest speaker Iain Dale from LBC.  I am also looking forward to the Battle of Britain Memorial Service at St Saviours Church South Street  tomorrow afternoon. More on these next week.

I’ve been part of the town’s summer Carnival every year but with a change of date, not this sunny September! Nick & I are out of town today (for a big birthday!). I hope it’s a great occasion.  

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