Have your say: Where now for Brighton and Hove's political parties after latest council tax stalemate?

Have your say: Where now for Brighton and Hove's political parties after latest council tax stalemate?

Have your say: Where now for Brighton and Hove's political parties after latest council tax stalemate?

First published in News

After last night's stalemate at Brighton and Hove City Council's budget debate, the three main political parties are waking up this morning facing a decision.

Do they all stick to their guns or do they find a compromise?

We want to know what you think should happen?

Should the Greens back down from their desire for a 4.75% rise? Should the Tories scrap the freeze? Or should Labour abandon their middle position of a 1.99% rise?

Or should they stick to their principles, even if it means Eric Pickles deciding our council tax?

Let us know below.

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10:24am Fri 28 Feb 14

menton says...

Absolutely no to that daft 4.75%, but 1% would seem reasonable.

If not, let Mr Pickles decide. He could hardly do worse than this shambles.
Absolutely no to that daft 4.75%, but 1% would seem reasonable. If not, let Mr Pickles decide. He could hardly do worse than this shambles. menton
  • Score: 6

10:47am Fri 28 Feb 14

charlie smirke says...

I pay council tax and am not in receipt of any benefits. I don't want to pay any more, it's far too high already. I think that many who are in receipt of benefits, do not pay any/much council tax. I would think therefore that they would vote for a maximum rise? So, the payers vote for a freeze, the non-payers vote for maximum increase?? Or have I got this all wrong??
I pay council tax and am not in receipt of any benefits. I don't want to pay any more, it's far too high already. I think that many who are in receipt of benefits, do not pay any/much council tax. I would think therefore that they would vote for a maximum rise? So, the payers vote for a freeze, the non-payers vote for maximum increase?? Or have I got this all wrong?? charlie smirke
  • Score: 7

10:54am Fri 28 Feb 14

wippasnapper says...

the greens should back down simples and the government made it quite clear any local authority that wants to but it up beyond 2% have to hold a referendum witch will cost use in the long run but if I know the greens they will fiddle the outcome of a referendum in there favor
the greens should back down simples and the government made it quite clear any local authority that wants to but it up beyond 2% have to hold a referendum witch will cost use in the long run but if I know the greens they will fiddle the outcome of a referendum in there favor wippasnapper
  • Score: 7

11:01am Fri 28 Feb 14

grahamss says...

Its simple. Labour and Conservatives can out vote Greens, so they should compromise on a 1% increase.
Its simple. Labour and Conservatives can out vote Greens, so they should compromise on a 1% increase. grahamss
  • Score: 3

11:10am Fri 28 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

Where should we pay any extra as a budget is a budget and they should now where to make changes without effecting the services. AKA as a good manager / leader, however it's clear to see the green don't know what they are doing and simply want to go for the easiest option of putting taxes up.
Where should we pay any extra as a budget is a budget and they should now where to make changes without effecting the services. AKA as a good manager / leader, however it's clear to see the green don't know what they are doing and simply want to go for the easiest option of putting taxes up. Brighton Living
  • Score: 7

11:51am Fri 28 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

As the Greens, conservatives, labour et al aren't providing the services they are paid to then I vote they lose their incomes, jobs, pension schemes etc and people are voted in who earn the minimum wage, do a good job and no price increases.
As the Greens, conservatives, labour et al aren't providing the services they are paid to then I vote they lose their incomes, jobs, pension schemes etc and people are voted in who earn the minimum wage, do a good job and no price increases. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Warren Morgan says...

grahamss wrote:
Its simple. Labour and Conservatives can out vote Greens, so they should compromise on a 1% increase.
The Conservatives last night were quite clear in refusing to compromise at all, and I at least respect them for that. Many of their Tory colleagues have compromised with increases of 1-2% (Surrey, Kent and East Sussex for example) but they would not abstain to allow the Budget to pass.

Here's what I said in the debate: http://warrenmorgan.
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[quote][p][bold]grahamss[/bold] wrote: Its simple. Labour and Conservatives can out vote Greens, so they should compromise on a 1% increase.[/p][/quote]The Conservatives last night were quite clear in refusing to compromise at all, and I at least respect them for that. Many of their Tory colleagues have compromised with increases of 1-2% (Surrey, Kent and East Sussex for example) but they would not abstain to allow the Budget to pass. Here's what I said in the debate: http://warrenmorgan. wordpress.com/2014/0 2/28/a-labour-agenda -for-local-governmen t/ Warren Morgan
  • Score: 3

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