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Council tax rise of 2% confirmed for Brighton and Hove
Households across Brighton and Hove are to be slapped with a 2% council tax increase in the next year.
Brighton and Hove City Council's minority Green administration tabled its plans for a 1.96% increase in the rates - the maximum amount possible - in November claiming it will help it tackle Government cuts.
Town hall bosses claim the below-inflation rise is necessary to make £17 million of savings while protecting vital services and the most vulnerable in the city.
But last month Conservative councillors revealed they would find an extra £780,000 from the £750 million budget to ensure a tax freeze - which would mean the city gets a one-off government grant of £1.2 million.
After three months of debate and consultation on the proposals, the Labour group, which is the smallest group on the council, has now publicly admitted it will support the Green increase.
It comes as opposition groups publish their amendments to the whole budget which will be decided at a crunch town hall meeting in Brighton Town Hall on Thursday.
Labour group leader Gill Mitchell said: “This is about priorities.”
For a full report and reaction see tomorrow's Argus.
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