The prime minister will today pledge £2 million to help Eastbourne recover from the devastating pier fire.

The money will help the town's tourism industry to recover and ensure "people can start enjoying the pier again".

The fire on Wednesday destroyed a third of the 144-year-old Grade II-listed attraction.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The Government is absolutely committed to supporting coastal towns, and through our long-term economic plan we are creating jobs and boosting tourism.

"Schemes like our Coastal Communities Fund are helping them to reach their full potential. “I know that the loss of one of Eastbourne’s most prominent and well-loved landmarks will have hit the town hard and I am determined to do all I can to help local businesses recover.”

Chancellor George Osborne said: "Eastbourne Pier is a much loved local attraction and this fire is devastating news.

“I am therefore delighted to be able to provide financial support so we can minimise the effect on business and tourism.

“We will work with Eastbourne as a matter of urgency to ensure that the funding is provided without delay so people can start enjoying the pier again.”

The Prime Minister and Chancellor will also today announce an extra £3 million for the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund to encourage growth and create jobs in coastal towns.

The announcement of extra funding comes as Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt named 10 coastal towns who will receive £8.5 million from the fund - including for a new YHA in Brighton.

The money will be used to boost the tourism, regenerate historic sites and provide new flood defences.