LiveCouncil discusses budget, council tax and cuts for second time - live updates

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Summary

  • Budget to be discussed for second time
  • Green 4.75% council tax rise voted out at last meeting
  • Labour wants 1.99% rise, Tories want freeze
  • If no agreement reached this time, council tax set by Eric Pickles
  • Budget must be done by March 11

6:34pm

And that concludes the live blog. Short and sweet. Make sure you grab a copy of The Argus tomorrow for full coverage, analysis and reaction from the meeting. 

6:34pm

Done and dusted and meeting closed. Cheers from all corners. 

6:32pm

Done and dusted and meeting closed. Cheers from all corners. 

6:28pm

Vote for general budget and council tax finishes 26 yes, 3 abstentions, 20 nos. 

6:27pm

Vote for general budget and council tax finishes 26 yes, 3 abstentions, 20 nos. 

6:25pm

Unanimous vote in favour of joint amendment. 

6:23pm

Unanimous vote in favour of joint amendment. 

6:22pm

Joint amendment now up for vote. 

6:20pm

Result: yes 19 and no 29. No referendum for Brighton. 

6:19pm

First up is green 4.75% rise proposal. 

6:18pm

Voting now beginning. 

6:18pm

Time for us to get on with job. Should respect those who elected us and pass this budget tonight. 

6:17pm

Coun Morgan now. 

6:16pm

Coun Theobald: we have been consistent from word go. There is no need for council tax increase. 

6:15pm

Coun Theobald reels off labour authorities that have bored for a freeze. 

6:14pm

Coun Theobald rebukes Coun Kitcat on accusation of pushing council over edge. But then accidentally says party wanted tax rise instead of tax freeze. Cheers from opposition. 

6:13pm

Coun kitcat on joint amendment: glad we have found some common ground. 

6:11pm

Just the beginning. Next year we need to do so much more. 

6:11pm

Stimulated debate city has needed to have. 

6:11pm

Urge you all to vote for referendum. 

6:11pm

Tories willing to push over edge to let Eric Pickles in. 

6:10pm

Come here today with heavy heart. Will keep pushing for 4.75%. 

6:10pm

"Cuts damaging our ability to help vulnerable and disabled."

6:09pm

"Face cliff edge in budget next year."

6:08pm

Coun Kitcat now. 

6:07pm

Councillor Kitcat to put forward Green budget amendment first. 

6:07pm

Councillors agree on something already - changing procedures to allow for tonight's meeting to concentrate on specific issues and skip debate on those issues agreed last time. 

6:05pm

Mayor Cobb hoping for agreement on first round of voting. 

6:04pm

Declarations of interest from councillors over with. 

6:00pm

"Here we are again!" jokes Mayor Cobb. 

5:59pm

The Mayor is seated so we are ready to go. 

5:59pm

The agenda for tonight reveals we won't be going over the whole budget debate again.

The Greens will put forward their proposal for a 4.75% council tax rise again. 

If, as expected, it is once again voted out we will move onto a joint amendment from all parties. 

5:48pm

Councillors Kitcat and Theobald enter chamber together in discussions. Hopefully it's a sign some sort of agreement has been reached. We will see. 

5:46pm

Welcome to our live blog of the council's budget meeting.

If you are getting a feeling of déjà by its because we've all been here before last week. 

That time no agreement on the budget could be reached despite hours of debate and negotiation. 

So can the three parties thrash out a deal tonight?

if not then Eric Pickles will hold the power to do what he likes with the budget. 

Stay with us for live updates throughout the meeting. 

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