Thursday’s Brighton & Hove City Council budget meeting was adjourned at 10:30pm after the budget (without a referendum) failed to pass.
Green councillors have issued the following statement:
“Our proposals were the only ones put forward on the night that would permanently put meaningful funds into social care services, the voluntary sector, Able & Willing social enterprise for disabled workers, plus employment support for those with disabilities. In comparison, opposition amendments were just short-termist one-off scraps of cash.
“We are the largest party and the administration – we believe that our carefully considered proposals for a 4.75% council tax referendum to protect social care services should be allowed to pass by the opposition parties.
“We recognise and appreciate that there were productive negotiations in the adjournment this evening, but they weren’t enough. We believe the people of the city should have their say in whether to help protect social care services with a referendum.
“Green councillors will not let a budget be imposed on this city by the government, so we are committed to working with all parties to agree the best budget possible for our residents.”
For more information please contact the Brighton and Hove Green Party office on 01273 766 670.