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The Argus Council Tax Debate: The people have their say

The Argus: The Argus Council Tax Debate: The people have their say The Argus Council Tax Debate: The people have their say

Tensions ran high at The Argus Council Tax Debate at Hove Town Hall as Brighton and Hove residents finally had their say on the proposed 4.75% council tax rise.

How divisive the issue is became apparent last night.

Retired teacher Val Knight, 64, from Springfield Road in Brighton said: “I think Jason Kitcat came across genuine, although perhaps a little misguided. He has come up with a solution that none of the others are willing to do.

“I will be voting yes in the referendum.”

Lee Wares, 47, from Brighton said the evening started as a debate about a council tax rise, but ended as a party political spat.

He added: “I had a Conservative view and I still have a Conservative view.”

Councillor Anne Pissaridou, Labour and Co-operative Member for Wish Ward, said the people she represents cannot afford to pay an extra £6. She said the Green party just “doesn’t understand”.

Chris Henry, 41, Hove was not impressed with the Greens.

He said: “We haven’t been able to trust them about anything – apprenticeships, schools, traffic safety, car parking – so how can we trust what they say about the budget?”

Roderick Henderson, a 42-year-old lawyer from Hove said there was too much “political posturing” and little specific detail.

But he felt the debate was very informative. He said: “It’s very important that politics is done in the open and face to face with the people.

“Having to stand up and say what you’ve done makes it real.”

He added: “Labour doesn’t have specific alternative plans so I will vote for the rise, but with reservations.”

Nigel Furness, 64, from Cambridge Road in Hove, a retired physiotherapist, said: “I think there are means of saving money without cutting services. I think that Labour have it with their 2% rise.”

Sue Teddern, 59, from Hove said: “I don’t think you are going to find anyone in this room whose views were changed by a discussion like this.”

But Chris Harvey-Jones, 71, from Preston Circus, began the evening agreeing with the Conservatives’ proposed freeze on council tax, but ended siding with the Labour leader Warren Morgan.

He said: “The penny dropped and I realised that we will get more with a 2% rise.”

Volunteer Katie Lord, 48, from Baden Road in Brighton, said the future was “frightening”.

She said: “I have learning difficulties and epilepsy, and I'm terrified.”


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1:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bug eye says...

I think a freeze has been justified to incentivise the council to cut unnecessary waste of which we hear about all the time, the labour administration has lost credibility by hugely increasing council tax and waste when they were in power. therefore only when all the waste has been cut an inflation rise would be acceptable each year, and an extra ring fenced rise only when a large infrastructure job needs doing such as the seafront arches.
I think a freeze has been justified to incentivise the council to cut unnecessary waste of which we hear about all the time, the labour administration has lost credibility by hugely increasing council tax and waste when they were in power. therefore only when all the waste has been cut an inflation rise would be acceptable each year, and an extra ring fenced rise only when a large infrastructure job needs doing such as the seafront arches. bug eye
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6:01pm Fri 7 Feb 14

HJarrs says...

bug eye wrote:
I think a freeze has been justified to incentivise the council to cut unnecessary waste of which we hear about all the time, the labour administration has lost credibility by hugely increasing council tax and waste when they were in power. therefore only when all the waste has been cut an inflation rise would be acceptable each year, and an extra ring fenced rise only when a large infrastructure job needs doing such as the seafront arches.
You would say that, you are a conservative supporter!
[quote][p][bold]bug eye[/bold] wrote: I think a freeze has been justified to incentivise the council to cut unnecessary waste of which we hear about all the time, the labour administration has lost credibility by hugely increasing council tax and waste when they were in power. therefore only when all the waste has been cut an inflation rise would be acceptable each year, and an extra ring fenced rise only when a large infrastructure job needs doing such as the seafront arches.[/p][/quote]You would say that, you are a conservative supporter! HJarrs
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6:20pm Fri 7 Feb 14

HJarrs says...

It was a good idea to hold the debate, but not many turned up, and once you take out councillors and part activists, hardly anyone turned up.

Ok, the weather was miserable, but perhaps it also represents the declining Argus circulation and it's relevance in the city, general apathy for politics brought about by the dreadful state of our democratic process and stranglehold by 3 dinasour parties, perhaps people do not think the issue that big a deal despite what we constantly read from a small number of posters, perhaps consumer society has rotted the brain cells so much that people expect to consume but do not consider themselves part of the decision making process.

Whatever the reason, it is worrying that so few wish to engage on very important issues.
It was a good idea to hold the debate, but not many turned up, and once you take out councillors and part activists, hardly anyone turned up. Ok, the weather was miserable, but perhaps it also represents the declining Argus circulation and it's relevance in the city, general apathy for politics brought about by the dreadful state of our democratic process and stranglehold by 3 dinasour parties, perhaps people do not think the issue that big a deal despite what we constantly read from a small number of posters, perhaps consumer society has rotted the brain cells so much that people expect to consume but do not consider themselves part of the decision making process. Whatever the reason, it is worrying that so few wish to engage on very important issues. HJarrs
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