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Give our services a fighting chance: Labour issue budget challenge to other parties

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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