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Cllr Gill Mitchell, Chair of Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said:

Gill_Mitchell.jpg“Despite having to reduce budgets by £4m in this area of the council over the next four years as part of closing a government imposed £68m council funding gap, critical services have been protected, investment is being made and income generating services are underway.

 

We have listened to what people have told us about the services they value and as a result have been able to do the following:

 

  • Maintain council subsidised bus services
  • Keep the current hours of operation of the concessionary bus pass.
  • Maintain 7 posts in the Park Rangers Service.
  • Create a specific budget for the repair and replacement of communal bins.
  • Avoid any reduction in this budget for public toilets and instead invest £1.5m to bring them up to standard.”

Labour works hard to respond to public over budget proposals for parks, buses and bins

Cllr Gill Mitchell, Chair of Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said:

Labour has set out how it is meeting the challenge of finding £25m in cuts imposed by the Conservative Government on local council services in Brighton and Hove.

 

 

warren_morgan.jpgCouncil Leader Cllr Warren Morgan said: “We have listened and we have acted. We have closed the £9 million budget gap we were faced with when taking office, and we are putting forward a lawful, balanced and responsible budget in the face of huge Tory cuts to local councils. I call on the other parties to back it.”

 

“We have worked hard to reduce the cuts to services like the park rangers, to protect the bus services and community grants that people rely on, and to ensure that our vital care services have the funds they need to do their work.”

 

“The Government has forced all city and county councils into a 4% council tax increase, and into making deep cuts to the services we all use, so I have joined with politicians from across the political spectrum in saying enough is enough, this can’t go on.”

 

“I hope the Government will have a change of heart, but in the meantime we will give as much certainty as we can through a four-year budget plan, get as many innovative ideas as we can through our City Innovation Challenge, and focus what resources the city has on helping people who are struggling financially, especially through the work of our Fairness Commission.

 

“There’s no escaping the very challenging funding situation for our day-to-day services presented in our council budget today, but there is another story - one of ambition, innovation and investment -which I talk about here.

Labour fights for council services and sets ambitious plans for the future

Labour has set out how it is meeting the challenge of finding £25m in cuts imposed by the Conservative Government on local council services in Brighton and Hove.    ...

This week in the  Brighton and Hove Independent Cllr Caroline Penn wrote about Mental Health.

At the Full Council meeting this week I will be signing the Time to Change Pledge on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Cllr Caroline Penn

In doing so, the council will be joining a wide range of organisations – businesses, universities and even football clubs, in taking a stand against the stigma associated with mental health.

The charity Time to Change was started by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in order to change public attitudes towards mental health. In signing the Time to Change pledge, the council has committed to promoting better mental health for all members of staff and take a lead in challenging stigma.




Read the full article here: http://brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/9174-2/#ixzz3yxFZfM9b

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