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Green Councillors blog

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

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Solidarity with Lambeth's campaign to save their Carnegie library

By hannahclare | 1st April 2016 | Comments Off on Solidarity with Lambeth's campaign to save their Carnegie library

The Carnegie library in Lambeth is the subject of a sit-in protest by campaigners calling for the library to be kept open in its current form. Following the Council approval of the libraries plan in Brighton and Hove last week, which is set to see the Hove library Carnegie building close, I have written to […]

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Labour's spin on libraries is enough to make you dizzy

By hannahclare | 24th March 2016 | Comments Off on Labour's spin on libraries is enough to make you dizzy

BY CLLR PHELIM MAC CAFFERTY In 2004, campaigners breathed a collective sigh of relief when a proposal to close Hove Library and move the service to Hove Town Hall was dropped, following extensive opposition from local residents.  The campaign by Christopher Hawtree to Save Hove Library is remembered to this day. At the time, the Labour […]

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Greens call on Labour to reconsider bins plan

By hannahclare | 18th March 2016 | Comments Off on Greens call on Labour to reconsider bins plan

March 18th, 2016 Greens have expressed their concern over a consultation currently underway to introduce communal bins into historic seafront squares in the city. Greens say the Labour administration has made it clear their preference for communal bins, and are concerned that the consultation will be ignored if it shows a lack of support.  Greens say […]

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Labour and Tories in last-minute deal to stitch-up Trade Unions

By hannahclare | 26th February 2016 | Comments Off on Labour and Tories in last-minute deal to stitch-up Trade Unions

BY CLLR PHELIM MAC CAFFERTY Last night saw a devastating cuts budget passed for the city of Brighton & Hove, which will hit vulnerable older and disabled people, children and families hard as vital services are stopped.  The budget scraped through only after Labour capitulated to Tory demands to cut trade union support for council […]

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Labour can do better for its council staff

By hannahclare | 25th February 2016 | Comments Off on Labour can do better for its council staff

BY CLLR TOM DRUITT In my relatively short time as Councillor, I have seen first-hand how tremendously hard Council officers and staff work to provide high-quality services to our residents. It is often a thankless task, which might explain why according to a recent staff survey, only 29% of council staff felt valued. Another reason […]

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Cuts to social care will imprison disabled and older people in their own homes

By hannahclare | 25th February 2016 | Comments Off on Cuts to social care will imprison disabled and older people in their own homes

BY PHÉLIM MAC CAFFERTY One of the biggest areas of concern in the upcoming Labour Council budget is Adult Social Care. Over the next four years Labour have made it clear that they will cut over £20.5 million from budgets to support disabled adults and older people. These cuts come amid growing evidence of a […]

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It's time to wake up the treasury

By hannahclare | 12th February 2016 | Comments Off on It's time to wake up the treasury

BY CLLR PHÉLIM MAC CAFFERTY Brighton and Hove: Join us to wake up the Treasury! Saturday, 13 February, meet 10am at Brighton Station Wake up the Conservative government ministers to the cuts hitting Brighton and Hove and the reality of public sector cuts! Play a musical instrument, sing, blow a whistle, ring a bell or bang a drum […]

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The false economy of cuts to our children and families

By hannahclare | 8th February 2016 | Comments Off on The false economy of cuts to our children and families

In years to come, we may look back and realise that this was when everything changed – when the city sent a clear signal to its youth that it could no longer invest in their future. […]

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Greens unite against fracking – A high price for an empty promise

By hannahclare | 4th February 2016 | Comments Off on Greens unite against fracking – A high price for an empty promise

BY CLLR PHÉLIM MAC CAFFERTY Local Councillors have seen a surge in contacts from residents this week, who are rightly very concerned about leaked government proposals to take decisions on fracking schemes out of the hands of local councils.  I’d like to reassure all residents that we take these dangerous and undemocratic plans very seriously […]

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The local Labour enforcers of a callous Tory government

By hannahclare | 1st February 2016 | Comments Off on The local Labour enforcers of a callous Tory government

BY CLLR PHÉLIM MAC CAFFERTY As we edge ever nearer to a final decision on Brighton & Hove City Council’s budget for the 2016/17 year, more information is coming to light every day as to how residents are likely to be affected.  The outlook is bleak – huge chunks are being cut from vital services […]

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