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The Argus Council Tax Debate: Green leader Jason Kitcat responds

The Argus: The Argus Council Tax Debate: Green leader Jason Kitcat responds The Argus Council Tax Debate: Green leader Jason Kitcat responds

As expected, the council leader came under heavy fire from both opposition leaders.

But the Green leader looked unflustered as he calmly lay out his party’s plans.

Coun Kitcat told the floor that the city’s social care was “in crisis”.

He said: “We have an ageing population. In Brighton and Hove there is going to be a 20% increase of over-85-year-olds in the next five years.

“Meanwhile Government funding is declining.

Inflation has risen. Since 2011 it has been 9.6%.

“But council tax in this city has risen less than 2% in that time.

“Services will degrade and stop all together.”

Addressing last year’s budget consultation, he told the floor 85% of respondents said they wanted to increase or maintain adult social care services.

A further 56%, he said, considered supporting a tax rise.

He said: “I accept council tax isn’t perfect and the referendum isn’t perfect, but that is all we have.”

The majority of questions from the floor were directed at the council leader, with one audience member asking why the local authority was the only one in the country unable to set council tax under the 2% guidelines.

He responded by saying many other leaders had contacted him to say they would like to but had been advised against it from party HQ.

He was also asked to defend the proposed £36 million loan on the i360 seafront attraction.

Telling the floor that the Government-backed loan could not be spend on other services, he said: “If the seafront falls down what is the future of our economy? What are people going to come and see?

“The reality is, if we don’t make these kind of moves there will be no other source of money.”

Concluding his pitch, he addressed the audience.

“So do we say we cannot afford to care – that we must roll back services as Government funding drops away? Or do we say that 61p a week extra is worth it to know that the essential services for the most vulnerable will be protected?

“Because one day the vulnerable will be us.”


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12:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Richada says...

Ah, social care again!

The council doesn't face cuts anywhere else presumably Mr Kitcat - is it really a case of pay up or we cut off your granny here?
Ah, social care again! The council doesn't face cuts anywhere else presumably Mr Kitcat - is it really a case of pay up or we cut off your granny here? Richada
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

wexler53 says...

Impressed as I am by your party's running of the council, I have no hesitation in saying that I absolutely do not want to give you another penny of my hard earned cash.

What I do want KitKat, is for you to quit and go away as soon as possible. Go and play monopoly with your own money.

Running a council is a serious matter, not one for children who regard it as a lark. Time for the grown ups to take charge.
Impressed as I am by your party's running of the council, I have no hesitation in saying that I absolutely do not want to give you another penny of my hard earned cash. What I do want KitKat, is for you to quit and go away as soon as possible. Go and play monopoly with your own money. Running a council is a serious matter, not one for children who regard it as a lark. Time for the grown ups to take charge. wexler53
  • Score: 9

3:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Dealing with idiots says...

At a party there is always a guest at the end who does not know when to leave gracefully. I have to tell you that you are that guest. Please leave before you cause any more damage in the city. Oh by the way, do you not think it is a bit of a conflict of interest you being a director of Coast to Capital, the company pushing for the I 360 and head of the council also pushing for the i360?
At a party there is always a guest at the end who does not know when to leave gracefully. I have to tell you that you are that guest. Please leave before you cause any more damage in the city. Oh by the way, do you not think it is a bit of a conflict of interest you being a director of Coast to Capital, the company pushing for the I 360 and head of the council also pushing for the i360? Dealing with idiots
  • Score: 9

8:53pm Fri 7 Feb 14

HJarrs says...

Dealing with idiots wrote:
At a party there is always a guest at the end who does not know when to leave gracefully. I have to tell you that you are that guest. Please leave before you cause any more damage in the city. Oh by the way, do you not think it is a bit of a conflict of interest you being a director of Coast to Capital, the company pushing for the I 360 and head of the council also pushing for the i360?
Hey! You must be pleased. Despite no popular support, there was a vote of no confidence in the Greens. We learnt that the other parties have no plan and can't work together. So nothing has changed.
[quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: At a party there is always a guest at the end who does not know when to leave gracefully. I have to tell you that you are that guest. Please leave before you cause any more damage in the city. Oh by the way, do you not think it is a bit of a conflict of interest you being a director of Coast to Capital, the company pushing for the I 360 and head of the council also pushing for the i360?[/p][/quote]Hey! You must be pleased. Despite no popular support, there was a vote of no confidence in the Greens. We learnt that the other parties have no plan and can't work together. So nothing has changed. HJarrs
  • Score: -6

9:21pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Richada says...

HJarrs wrote:
Dealing with idiots wrote:
At a party there is always a guest at the end who does not know when to leave gracefully. I have to tell you that you are that guest. Please leave before you cause any more damage in the city. Oh by the way, do you not think it is a bit of a conflict of interest you being a director of Coast to Capital, the company pushing for the I 360 and head of the council also pushing for the i360?
Hey! You must be pleased. Despite no popular support, there was a vote of no confidence in the Greens. We learnt that the other parties have no plan and can't work together. So nothing has changed.
Laughable!

Poor, deluded HJ, you're starting to believe your own spin.

The Greens can't even agree amongst themselves without mediators being called in and paid for!

The "unwanted guest" at a party - great analogy!
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: At a party there is always a guest at the end who does not know when to leave gracefully. I have to tell you that you are that guest. Please leave before you cause any more damage in the city. Oh by the way, do you not think it is a bit of a conflict of interest you being a director of Coast to Capital, the company pushing for the I 360 and head of the council also pushing for the i360?[/p][/quote]Hey! You must be pleased. Despite no popular support, there was a vote of no confidence in the Greens. We learnt that the other parties have no plan and can't work together. So nothing has changed.[/p][/quote]Laughable! Poor, deluded HJ, you're starting to believe your own spin. The Greens can't even agree amongst themselves without mediators being called in and paid for! The "unwanted guest" at a party - great analogy! Richada
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Roundbill says...

Mister Kitcat, I notice you haven't responded to questions about your personal honour. It's a real shame - in better times. honourable men knew when to do the right thing.
Mister Kitcat, I notice you haven't responded to questions about your personal honour. It's a real shame - in better times. honourable men knew when to do the right thing. Roundbill
  • Score: 2

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