Brighton and Hove City Council has been rewarded for being one of the best in the UK at fixing potholes.

The authority has scooped £440,000 in government funding to help pay for more roadworks.

The cash was awarded to councils which demonstrate "good practice in highway repairs".

The money will be spent on filling potholes, improving road surfaces, and maintaining the city’s streets.

It comes from the Highways Maintenance Incentive Fund, which rewards councils for carrying out cost-effective improvements and keeping their roads in good shape.

The fund places councils into three bands based on performance, with those in band one losing some funding.

Brighton and Hove City Council is now in band three, the highest-performing band, having started in band one when the scheme began in 2014.

This means that the council is now eligible for 100 per cent of its funding allocation.

In 2019/20, only authorities in band three will receive the full share of their funding.

The £440,000 is in addition to the £108,485 of funding the council has been allocated under the Government’s Pothole Action Fund.

The council will report on its website exactly how it invests the money.

The news comes after a study last week by the Asphalt Industry Alliance claimed councils in England and Wales would need to spend almost £10 billion to bring all their roads up to scratch.