News Release: SEEC initial response to Chancellor’s Statement

Wednesday, 8 July, 2020

Reacting to the Chancellor’s statement, the Chair of South East England Councils, Cllr Roy Perry said:

“The Chancellor moved well to help and support the country at this time of great challenge with a suite of notable measures.

Districts, cities and counties throughout the South East have many young people that could benefit from training opportunities via the kickstart scheme.

The cut in VAT to 5% for the hospitality and tourism sectors will be most welcome across the South East, which is endowed with many attractions and sights.

One hopes, that in the details, there may be measures to assist airports like Gatwick which is a major economic asset in the South East.

Equally so for our many Universities that are international beacons of excellence.

It should be recognised that while Councils are ideally placed to be delivery partners with government that depends on adequate funding being available for them to cover their costs”.



  1. Further information: Sean McKee 
  2. About SEEC: South East England Councils (SEEC) was established in 2009. It is a membership organisation representing all tiers of local authority. The SEEC area covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey.  For more information visit
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