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Warren-morgan-labour.jpgLabour on the city council are challenging the Greens and Tories to put politics aside and unite around a Budget that is best for Brighton and Hove.

Issuing the challenge, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said: 

Our proposals would set the council tax at a 1.9% increase that people can afford, freeze all parking charges for 12 months, keep all children’s centre services running for another year, and maintain funding for voluntary groups. I am urging the Greens and Tories to back this positive compromise to give the new council elected in May, and the services residents rely on, a fighting chance.

Labour's proposals would also scrap the Greens’ “One Planet Living” team and use the funding to keep public toilets open. Money would be taken from the Communications budget to support the Mayor's community and charity work, currently under threat.

Councillor Morgan added:

The Green referendum proposal and the Tory freeze plan would each mean a loss of another £1m from council services, which we think is better spent in the community on things residents need. Voters can elect a new council in May, but for now we should put the city first.

Labour are proposing to restore all the money being cut from women's refuge funding, half of the money being cut from Able and Willing, the council's design and print service which employs people with learning disabilities, and a small grant to back the summer Pride parade.

Labour on the city council are challenging the Greens and Tories to put politics aside and unite around a Budget that is best for Brighton and Hove.

Issuing the challenge, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

Our proposals would set the council tax at a 1.9% increase that people can afford, freeze all parking charges for 12 months, keep all children’s centre services running for another year, and maintain funding for voluntary groups. I am urging the Greens and Tories to back this positive compromise to give the new council elected in May, and the services residents rely on, a fighting chance.

Labour's proposals would also scrap the Greens’ “One Planet Living” team and use the funding to keep public toilets open. Money would be taken from the Communications budget to support the Mayor's community and charity work, currently under threat.

Councillor Morgan added:

The Green referendum proposal and the Tory freeze plan would each mean a loss of another £1m from council services, which we think is better spent in the community on things residents need. Voters can elect a new council in May, but for now we should put the city first.

Labour are proposing to restore all the money being cut from women's refuge funding, half of the money being cut from Able and Willing, the council's design and print service which employs people with learning disabilities, and a small grant to back the summer Pride parade.

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Councillor-Warren-Morgan-1_1__1_.jpgLabour moves to save children’s centres, voluntary sector and public toilets from Green Party cuts – while blocking their increases in council tax and parking charges.

Revealing his Group’s Budget plans, Cllr Warren Morgan said:

Labour in Brighton and Hove will stand up for residents in the forthcoming Budget, saving some essential services from being cut under Green proposals, and ensuring big Green increases in parking charges and council tax don’t go through.

Residents want their council to protect children’s centres, keep public toilets open, maintain funding to essential voluntary sector organisations in the city, and block inflation-busting rises in council tax and parking charges. Labour’s amendments to the Green Budget proposals will do just that.

Labour’s amendments will seek to ensure that funding cut from domestic violence refuges will be fully restored; that the Mayor can continue to go to community and charity events; that supported employer Able and Willing can continue to take on staff with learning disabilities; and that handover funding for the popular Pride Parade will not be lost.

When faced with big cuts in funding from the Conservative Government, the Greens have made some very bad choices about what to cut” said Cllr Morgan. “Nationally Labour have pledged to fund and expand children’s centres, and give local councils a fairer funding settlement if elected in May.

Labour will seek to prevent the Greens from triggering a million pound referendum with their 6% council tax increase, and the Conservative Group proposals that would lead to millions of pounds worth of extra service cuts, by backing a 1.9% increase in council tax as they secured last year. If the Greens and Conservatives back a referendum with a 6%/freeze choice which ends in a “no” vote, most of the services saved by Labour will be cut, and another two million in savings will be needed next year.

Labour’s amendments will move funds from the Communications, Senior Management and Sustainability budgets, which the Greens sought to protect. Money will also come from over a million pounds earmarked by the Greens to fund their council tax referendum.

Full amendment details are being finalised, costed and approved by officers will be released in due course. Further amendments may be added if funding can be identified.

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IMG_6317-1-2.jpgLabour will suspend and review all Green-initiated transport schemes if elected to run the council in May, including plans to halve the number of lanes around the Old Steine.

Launching the ten headline transport pledges, Labour Leader Councillor Warren Morgan said:

Labour’s transport plan for the city will promote economic growth, sustainability, inclusion and safety. We will create an inclusive and integrated transport system that enables residents and visitors to travel safely and efficiently. We want environmentally sustainable transport that supports the local economy and that of the wider region, and which works for the benefit of everyone in the city.

Deputy Leader Councillor Gill Mitchell said:

It is time to get back to sensible transport policies, rather than the rushed and badly-implemented changes we have seen in Viaduct Road and elsewhere. We have serious concerns over the Green plans for Valley Gardens, which the Tories support, as it commits the council to a long-term, open-ended funding commitment at a time of rapidly shrinking budgets.

Councillor Morgan added:

Labour will deliver transport that works to support the city’s businesses – especially its small and medium sized enterprises – as well as the economy across the region. Labour wants to reduce the congestion that is damaging the city’s economy and reputation as a place to visit and do business.

Labour will:

  • Suspend and review Green-initiated transport schemes such as Valley Gardens and Viaduct Road to ensure the proposals are fully funded, realistic and safe

  • Give the seafront much greater priority with a better coordinated, top-level focus, and take every opportunity to bid for external funding to invest in seafront infrastructure particularly for areas such as the Madeira Terraces

  • Explore the creation of park and ride services from the edge of the city and to help reduce congestion at peak periods such as Bank Holidays, summer week-ends and Christmas

  • To be a strong voice for rail commuters putting pressure on the train operators to improve their services to the city and to continue to lobby for a second main line for Brighton that will be needed as the current route nears full capacity

  • Only increase parking charges by what is fair and affordable

  • Replace outdated traffic signals with a modern linked system that identifies and eases congestion, bringing Brighton and Hove into line with best practice in Europe

  • Promote the use of zero or low-emission forms of transport, especially in the city centre, specifically by offering discounted parking permits to traders investing in clean vehicles and support the promotion of clean diesel technologies by the city’s bus operators

  • Repairing the city’s cycle lanes and continuing to promote safe, accessible cycling infrastructure

  • Work in partnership with bus companies to improving bus services to outlying areas and develop a better partnership with the bus companies to promote better value fares for young people in training and apprenticeships

  • Work with credit unions to deliver low-cost season ticket loans to young people in training and apprenticeships

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