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Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said:

"There seems to be evidence that some kind of arrangement has been made between Surrey County Council and the Government to help them meet their social care costs.

All top-tier councils like Surrey and Brighton and Hove face huge pressures in meeting the funding challenges; with our social care bill now some £25m more than the entire amount we bring in through council tax.

Surrey were threatening a 15% council tax increase, but yesterday at the last minute chose to reduce it to 5%, the same as BHCC and our neighbours in East Sussex. 

We have worked very hard to minimise cuts to jobs and services whilst facing huge cuts and rapidly escalating social care costs.

There must be an investigation into whether Surrey have won a preferential funding deal by threatening a steep rise, and if so then the Government have to make that same deal available to other councils who have played by the rules.

We cannot continue to have the Government pass the costs of services on to the local taxpayer and there is agreement cross-party that they have to find an urgent solution to the social care funding crisis.”

Statement re Surrey County Council council tax proposals

Cllr Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "There seems to be evidence that some kind of arrangement has been made between Surrey County Council and the...

warren_headshot.pngBrighton and Hove City Council Leader Warren Morgan is calling for the creation of “Rail South”, a new body to give residents and commuters a say in who runs their rail services, holding those service providers to account and ensuring central government gives our region the infrastructure and operators fit for the rail service commuters and businesses need.

“It’s time for action on the failing Southern services, and time for passengers and businesses to have a locally accountable and democratically elected voice in how those services are designed and run. It is time for the Department for Transport to end the current “concession” arrangement with GTR, and work with passengers, business and councils on awarding a new franchise that gives us the rail services we desperately need. I have written to the Leaders of East and West Sussex County Councils this week to ask for their partnership in taking this idea forward.”

The new body would work in partnership with Department of Transport to manage the Southern rail franchise, in a similar way to Rail North. It would have a statutory role in the awarding of franchises and scrutiny of service standards, and work under the umbrella of the emerging Transport for the South East sub-national transport body, equivalent to Transport for London.

It would be a cohesive and proactive body, applying local, economic and geographical knowledge to the re-franchising process, and advance plans for future devolution of rail services, planning and infrastructure investment.

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive of Coast to Capital LEP, has supported the proposal, saying Rail North is a good template: “Stronger local involvement in the specification and delivery of franchises is essential if we are to rebuild confidence in Southern and also to get more leverage over the investment decisions on the Brighton Main Line that Government needs to take in the next  12 months.”

Time to get rail services back on track: Council leader calls for passenger voice in rail services

Brighton and Hove City Council Leader Warren Morgan is calling for the creation of “Rail South”, a new body to give residents and commuters a say in who runs their...

John_McDonnell_BHL_NHS_(23).jpgOn Saturday 21st January we were joined by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for a jam packed day of campaigning to save our NHS. In the morning John joined campaigners on a march and rally in defence of the NHS, before supporting members leaflet residents and collect petition signatures.

At lunchtime we had the official opening of our new office before heading back to street stalls for more campaigning.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this fantastic day of action. 

John McDonnell join BH Labour activists

On Saturday 21st January we were joined by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for a jam packed day of campaigning to save our NHS. In the morning John joined campaigners on...

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