Greater Brighton Economic Board responds to the Autumn Statement 

Responding to yesterday's financial statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, the Chair of Greater Brighton Economic Board, Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, said: “Businesses and households across the region will face an even greater challenge to pay their bills next year as a result of the inaction by Government. While the commitment to extend energy support is welcome, with a recession now confirmed, there will be many more people already struggling to make ends meet in the face of soaring inflation, who have today been told that they should expect to pay more for their energy and in taxes.  

More support is needed for small businesses

“There are features of the budget that can be applauded, like the increase in the national living wage. Much more support from Government is needed for businesses, in particular for our many small and micro businesses in the region. 

“As an Economic Board, we are acting as urgently as we can to help local businesses survive another period of turbulence and we have commissioned a study to analyse the impact of the cost-of-living on our businesses and 1 million residents. We will use this information to determine how best to help businesses and households through this extremely challenging period. 

Targeted investment is needed to reach Net Zero

“We are pleased that the commitment made today will see the funding for Levelling Up rounds one and two fulfilled, but further targeted investment in our industries is needed if we are to grow the economy and achieve Net Zero. A bold plan from Government is needed to help the innovators of Greater Brighton and the rest of the UK to solve the energy crisis by accelerating our switch away from coal, oil and gas into cleaner, cheaper alternatives.” 

Greater Brighton

The Greater Brighton city region covers 7 local authority areas, stretching from Bognor in the west to Seaford in the east, and up to Crawley in the north of Sussex. Greater Brighton Economic Board was formed in 2014 to protect and grow the city region’s economy through creative, innovative initiatives which coordinate economic development activities and investment.