The Conservative candidate for Westbourne Ward, Graham Cox, has spoken out against proposed Green Party council tax rises that will affect some of the most vulnerable in the city.
Councils around the country that have taken control of their budgets and frozen council tax (at levels that are already deemed excessive by many) are being rewarded with a financial injection from central government. But the Green-run Brighton & Hove City Council has turned down the £3 million bonus and instead proposed the highest council tax rise in the country.
Over a four year period, this equates to a huge increase in spending when most people are already having to tighten their belts.
Graham Cox commented: At a time when we need businesses to get back on their feet and start employing again, the Green Party is keen to suck every last penny from the residents of Brighton & Hove. We all have a role to play in getting local businesses moving again. The last thing that we need is money being taken from us that could be spent in local shops. This does not make economic sense, nor is it compassionate. It will hit those close to the edge of poverty the hardest and this is simply not acceptable.
He added: If I were confident that the extra cash would be spent wisely then I might take a different view on the matter. The level of waste that I have seen since May is remarkable though and I dread to think how much is being spent clearing up after the travellers and campers that the Green Party has invited to this city on so many occasions.
The by-election in Westbourne Ward will take place on Thursday 22nd December. Graham Cox is former Head of Sussex CID and former Commander of Hove Police Station. The by-election follows the resignation of the popular Brian Oxley who represented the area for many years.