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Green Councillors blog

Below are a collection of blogs published by the Green Group.

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Brighton and Hove Labour Council Leader resigns: comment

By hannahclare | 27th February 2018 | Comments Off on Brighton and Hove Labour Council Leader resigns: comment

Greens have responded to news that the Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Warren Morgan, has resigned. Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors, Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, commented: “Labour’s Council leader has been ousted by his own divided party. But look around the city and signs of Labour’s self-implosion are everywhere. Graffiti, […]

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Labour and Conservatives vote down Green proposals to reverse cuts and fund homeless prevention at Council budget setting meeting

By hannahclare | 23rd February 2018 | Comments Off on Labour and Conservatives vote down Green proposals to reverse cuts and fund homeless prevention at Council budget setting meeting

Greens have condemned a decision by the Labour Council to vote against their budget proposals, which put forward more than £2m of funds that would have seen the Council able to protect social work services, fund more homelessness prevention work and support environmentally friendly energy options for the city. An additional Green proposal that sought […]

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£2m to prevent homelessness in Green budget proposals

By hannahclare | 21st February 2018 | Comments Off on £2m to prevent homelessness in Green budget proposals

The council can bring costly emergency accommodation services ‘in-house’ and reduce rough sleeping, say Greens. The Green Group of Councillors have revealed budget proposals that fund solutions to the homelessness crisis gripping the city. Greens are calling on the council to use funding found by their budget proposals to purchase emergency accommodation for people at […]

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Councillors should give up parking perks to plug cut in home-to-school transport, say Greens

By hannahclare | 21st February 2018 | Comments Off on Councillors should give up parking perks to plug cut in home-to-school transport, say Greens

Green amendments identify £30k from scrapping Councillors’ free car parking spaces across the city Greens are calling on Councillors from all parties to give up their free parking spaces, saying the money saved could be used to protect home-to-school transport for disabled children. An amendment from the Greens to the budget meeting on Thursday (22nd […]

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Plea to support Fabrica gallery as fundraiser begins to plug council cuts

By hannahclare | 15th February 2018 | Comments Off on Plea to support Fabrica gallery as fundraiser begins to plug council cuts

Convenor of the Green Group Phélim Mac Cafferty has responded to news that local arts hub and charity Fabrica could face closure as a result of council cuts. The contemporary arts gallery on Duke Street, which has been in receipt of a regular grant from Brighton and Hove City Council, has now launched a fundraising […]

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Labour’s Council Tax rises will hit the poorest hard

By hannahclare | 1st February 2018 | Comments Off on Labour’s Council Tax rises will hit the poorest hard

So it looks like our Labour Council administration will propose a council tax rise of just under 6% for the next financial year. These new bigger bills will land on our doorsteps in March. Was it really only three years ago that Labour responded to the Greens’ proposals to ask the city for their thoughts […]

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A more ambitious future for East Brighton: Guest blog by Green candidate Ed Baker

By hannahclare | 30th January 2018 | Comments Off on A more ambitious future for East Brighton: Guest blog by Green candidate Ed Baker

Ed Baker lives in East Brighton and is the Green candidate in the upcoming East Brighton by-election on 8th February. On 27th December Lloyd Russell-Moyle resigned his council seat representing East Brighton. With the election date set for 8th February, the four main party candidates are on the campaign trail. I’m very proud to have […]

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Brexit: What it truly means to 'Let the People Decide.'

By hannahclare | 30th January 2018 | Comments Off on Brexit: What it truly means to 'Let the People Decide.'

Brighton and Hove City Council has become the first to support a Green proposal for a public say on the terms of any Brexit deal (a so-called ‘Ratification referendum’). Green Councillor Leo Littman questions whether a ‘hard Brexit’ really is ‘the will of the people.’  — Who said: “In a 52-48 Referendum this would be […]

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Greens react as Labour Council pursues controversial Royal Pavilion and Museums proposals

By hannahclare | 25th January 2018 | Comments Off on Greens react as Labour Council pursues controversial Royal Pavilion and Museums proposals

  Controversial new arrangements for the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust have been voted through by the Labour Council despite staff concerns. (See report, below). Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, convenor of the Green Group of Councillors, commented: “As far back as 2015 Greens raised that transferring staff from the Royal Pavilion and Museums into a […]

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Catchment chaos: Greens condemn stress for families as Labour Council u-turn

By hannahclare | 10th January 2018 | Comments Off on Catchment chaos: Greens condemn stress for families as Labour Council u-turn

Greens have welcomed news that the secondary school catchment areas for the city will remain unchanged, following months of lobbying from local parents and students concerned about the negative impact of new proposals. Local Green Councillors have slammed the Labour Council for failing to adequately manage a ‘chaotic’ schools allocations process, after proposals to change […]

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