‘Bedroom tax’ costing council £450,000 a year

The Argus: Brighton and Hove councillors turn down allowances rise

7:00am Friday 2nd May 2014

Controversial changes to housing benefits are costing Brighton and Hove City Council more than £450,000 a year while more families are falling into debt, it has been revealed.

Council should apologise after critical report says MP

The Argus: Norman Baker

6:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A council should apologise to residents following the publication of a critical independent report, it has been claimed.

Greens and Labour unite for 1.99% council tax rise for Brighton and Hove

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

6:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

Council tax will rise by 1.99% in Brighton and Hove after the Green Party and Labour finally reached a compromise.

Have your say: Are you happy with the 1.99% council tax rise?

The Argus: Thieves target Hove pensioner twice in a month and steal thousands of pounds

5:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

Residents now know how much extra they will be paying for their council tax after yesterday Brighton and Hove's three main parties reached an agreement.

Brighton and Hove council tax rise set at 1.99%

The Argus: Brighton and Hove councillors turn down allowances rise

6:30pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Brighton and Hove residents will face a 1.99% rise in council tax after councillors finally agreed next year's budget. 

Lewes UKIP councillor says businesses should have power to turn away women and gay people

The Argus: Lewes UKIP councillor says businesses should have power to turn away women and gay people

6:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

A UKIP councillor believes business owners should be allowed to refuse to serve women and gay people.

Report reveals council to offer another £21.4m for i360 in Brighton

The Argus: £36m i360 loan set to go ahead next week after Brighton and Hove Tories join Greens

3:30pm Friday 28th February 2014

Brighton and Hove City Council is to offer an extra £21.4 million, on top of an already agreed figure of £14.8 million, to help fund the i360 tower.

Public could sway vote on new 20mph limits in Brighton and Hove

The Argus: A new 20mph marking in Grand Avenue, Hove

12:10pm Friday 28th February 2014

Public support for reduced speed limits on three roads at the centre of a political spat could override councillors.

Deadlock over council tax in Brighton and Hove despite six hour meeting

The Argus: Deadlock over council tax in Brighton and Hove despite six hour meeting

9:57am Friday 28th February 2014

Brighton and Hove City councillors were stuck in deadlock over budget plans as they failed to come to an agreement last night.

Taxpayers face £1.5m bill as parking dispute goes to High Court

The Argus: Taxpayers face £1.5m bill as parking dispute goes to High Court (Pic: Elliott Brown)

7:00am Friday 21st February 2014

Taxpayers could foot a £1.5 million legal bill if council chiefs lose a court hearing with a parking firm.

Council tax rise could still go ahead with Labour support say Greens

The Argus:

10:58am Friday 14th February 2014

Green councillors have said that a 4.75% council tax rise could still go ahead if they were supported by Labour.

Council tax rise is ‘unnecessary’ say Brighton and Hove Conservatives

The Argus: The Argus Council Tax Debate: Conservative leader Geoffrey Theobald responds

11:22am Thursday 13th February 2014

Conservatives have branded a council tax rise “unnecessary” after two reports described council services as expensive.

Brighton and Hove City Council releases budget papers

The Argus:

12:20pm Friday 7th February 2014

Brighton and Hove City Council has released its budget papers.

The Argus Council Tax Debate: The people have their say

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

12:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

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.

The Argus Council Tax Debate: Political columnist Tim Ridgway's view

The Argus: Ridgway's political awards of 2012

12:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

High winds, torrential downpours and heavy clouds – the stage was set for a political showdown which could shape Brighton and Hove for years to come.

The Argus Council Tax Debate: Conservative leader Geoffrey Theobald responds

The Argus: The Argus Council Tax Debate: Conservative leader Geoffrey Theobald responds

12:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

Conservative leader Geoffrey Theobald responds to The Argus Council Tax Debate

The Argus Council Tax Debate: Labour leader Warren Morgan responds

The Argus: The Argus Council Tax Debate: Labour leader Warren Morgan responds

12:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

Labour leader Warren Morgan responds to The Argus Council Tax Debate

The Argus Council Tax Debate: Green leader Jason Kitcat responds

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

12:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

Green leader Jason Kitcat's responses during The Argus Council Tax Debate.

The Argus Council Tax debate: Leaders set out their stalls

The Argus: The Argus Council Tax debate: Leaders set out their stalls

12:00pm Friday 7th February 2014

Brighton and Hove’s political leaders clashed yesterday evening over the proposed 4.75% rise in council tax.

£22m council savings to be revealed in budget today

The Argus: Brighton and Hove councillors turn down allowances rise

9:36am Friday 7th February 2014

Final budget plans outlining more than £22 million of savings to Brighton and Hove City Council’s budget are expected to be published today.

Council ruling on flat’s double glazing set to prove expensive for landlord

The Argus: Council ruling on flat’s double glazing set to prove expensive for landlord

2:02pm Thursday 6th February 2014

A council has been accused of hypocrisy after forcing a private landlord to remove newdouble glazed windows – after an authority-owned house had similar work done.

New council director faces ‘mission impossible’ says union boss

The Argus: Mission Impossible? (Pic: Paramount Pictures)

6:00am Saturday 1st February 2014

Union bosses believe a new county council executive has been parachuted in on a “mission impossible” and with a mandate to speed up the privatisation of services.

Jason Kitcat vows to stay in post despite vote of no confidence

The Argus: Jason Kitcat vows not to resign in face of opposition bid to oust Greens

7:42am Friday 31st January 2014

A council leader is set to remain in his post despite a vote of no confidence being passed against him last night.

Hundreds of votes come in for Argus council tax referendum

The Argus: Town council agrees council tax freeze

5:00am Friday 24th January 2014

Votes for The Argus referendum on a planned council tax rise of 4.75% are flooding in.

The great council tax debate: Labour leader Warren Morgan on the case for 2% rise

The Argus:

12:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

No one wants to pay more in council tax, but in good economic times people don’t mind paying a little more if they know it goes to providing better schools, roads, refuse collection, care services, street cleaning and so on.

The great council tax debate: Conservative leader Geoffrey Theobald wants a freeze

The Argus: Councillor Geoffrey Theobald

12:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

It is quite clear to me when I’m out and about in the city talking to residents, that there is absolutely no appetite for a council tax rise of any kind – let alone one more than double the rate of inflation.

The great council tax debate: Jason Kitcat puts case forward for 4.75% rise

The Argus: Jason Kitcat vows not to resign in face of opposition bid to oust Greens

12:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

The debate continues on our social care referendum proposal.

The great council tax debate: The background

The Argus: Brighton and Hove councillors turn down allowances rise

12:30pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

The Greens' call for a referendum on a planned council tax rise of 4.75% has created a town hall stalemate. With deadlock in the town hall, Tim Ridgway asks, where now for the city?

Woodingdean councillor denies breaking the rules over mobile home

The Argus: Woodingdean councillor denies breaking the rules over mobile home

4:00am Friday 17th January 2014

A councillor claims she has broken no rules despite having no planning permission for a mobile home in her garden.

Brighton and Hove council to hold £230k referendum on planned 4.75% council tax rise

The Argus: Leader Jason Kitcat

2:45pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Brighton and Hove City Council is set to let the people decide by holding a referendum on a proposed council tax rise of 4.75%.

Brighton and Hove City Council falling behind in giving apprenticeships

The Argus: More foster carers needed for adults in Brighton and Hove

1:30pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

Council chiefs claim they remain committed to creating apprenticeships – despite admitting the council is “falling short” of its own target.

New plans to make historic Lanes area in Brighton car-free

The Argus: Green light to make historic Lanes area in Brighton car-free

1:00pm Tuesday 14th January 2014

Revised plans to make a historic area “car-free” are set to get the goahead.

East Sussex County Council chief meets MP over funding

The Argus: East Sussex County Council considers closing dementia care centres

2:00pm Friday 10th January 2014

A council chief has “stood up” for East Sussex – urging a Government minister to ensure the county gets a fair share of funding.

Toxic buses could be banned from Brighton centre under low emission zone plan

The Argus: Churchill Square traffic team praised

11:04am Friday 10th January 2014

Polluting buses will be banned from a city centre with the introduction of a “low emission zone”.

Management coaching for council bosses costing thousands of pounds

The Argus: More foster carers needed for adults in Brighton and Hove

5:30am Friday 10th January 2014

Taxpayers are stumping up thousands of pounds to pay for “management coaching” for council chiefs.

Ex Brighton and Hove mayor cleared of impropriety

The Argus: Ex Brighton and Hove mayor cleared of impropriety

5:00am Sunday 5th January 2014

Council chiefs cleared a mayor of alleged impropriety despite major questions about her conduct being left unresolved.

Worthing councillor ‘abuses power’ trying to get into New Year's Eve party

The Argus: Worthing councillor ‘abuses power’ trying to get into New Year's Eve party

6:30am Friday 3rd January 2014

A councillor has apologised for threatening to boycott a pub after being turned away from its New Year’s Eve party – despite asking: “Do you not know who I am?”

Truck breakdowns hit Brighton and Hove rubbish collections

The Argus: Truck breakdowns hit Brighton and Hove rubbish collections

9:44am Thursday 2nd January 2014

Rubbish has been piling up in the city’s streets for up to two weeks after a council’s refuse and recycling trucks broke down.

Sussex councils look to save cash and environment by reducing water bills

The Argus: Water bills rise below inflation for next five years

6:00am Sunday 29th December 2013

Councils are cutting their water bills in half saving taxpayers thousands of pounds and the environment millions of litres thanks to an innovative new scheme.

Brighton and Hove City council leader confident city will flourish in 2014

The Argus: Leader Jason Kitcat

7:00am Saturday 28th December 2013

A council leader is confident Brighton and Hove is well placed for 2014 despite the government spending squeeze biting hard.

New map reveals 20mph zone for Brighton and Hove

The Argus: New map reveals 20mph zone for Brighton and Hove

6:00am Friday 13th December 2013

This is the newly revised map which shows which streets will have 20mph limits in the future.

Broken-down lift stops disabled people attending council meeting

The Argus: Broken-down lift stops disabled people attending council meeting

5:00am Friday 13th December 2013

Council chiefs have been criticised after disabled people were prevented from attending a key meeting in person.

Cycle and bus lane deemed a success

The Argus: Have your say: What do you think about the Lewes Road bus lane?

8:35am Thursday 12th December 2013

A bus and cycle lane has been deemed a success after officials claimed car use was down by more than 10%.

Council to debate further £140m cuts

The Argus: Campaigners out side County Hall in Chichester

8:05am Thursday 12th December 2013

Councillors are to discuss the first stages of proposals to make £140 million of savings over the next four years.

Special report: Will your MP take an 11% pay rise?

The Argus: Carshalton Boys' College tours Parliament

2:00pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

Your MP is facing a decision on whether or not to accept an 11% pay rise, despite many voters seeing their annual incomes frozen and prices rising. Reporter Peter Truman asked Sussex’s Parliamentary representatives if they will pocket the pay or refuse the rise

Pledge to keep Brighton and Hove libraries open despite £125m cuts

The Argus: Jubilee Library today

10:01am Monday 11th November 2013

Council chiefs have vowed to keep libraries open despite impending budget cuts.

Brighton and Hove City Council spends £50k on how cuts will hit poor

The Argus: Thieves target Hove pensioner twice in a month and steal thousands of pounds

6:00am Sunday 10th November 2013

Council chiefs have been accused of squandering cash after agreeing to pay consultants up to £50,000 to look at the impact of cuts on the poor.

Cityclean workers accused of 'work to rule' amid Brighton and Hove bin chaos

The Argus: Cityclean workers accused of 'work to rule' amid Brighton and Hove bin chaos

12:00pm Friday 8th November 2013

Bin chaos in Brighton and Hove continues – with one politician claiming workers are not completing their rounds due to unofficial “work to rule” action.

Alterations are made to ‘lethal road layout’ on Lewes Road, Brighton

The Argus: Alterations are made to ‘lethal road layout’ on Lewes Road, Brighton

8:26am Friday 8th November 2013

Changes have been made to a new £1 million road project just weeks after it became fully operational.

Free Christmas parking bill ‘just doesn’t add up’ claims Unchain the Brighton Motorist lobby group

The Argus: Pavement parkers in Elm Grove, Brighton, will face a crackdown by Brighton and Hove City Council

5:00am Friday 8th November 2013

Motoring lobbyists have claimed the predicted £112,000 bill for free parking in the run up to Christmas “does not add up”.



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