Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has welcomed and backed new budget proposals from his Conservative colleagues on Brighton & Hove City Council.
Residents in Brighton & Hove face a huge council tax rise of 4.75%, but in order to levy such a large jump, a £900,000 referendum must be held. As well as providing extra funding for local authorities, the Government enacted legislation that meant that any local authority which wished to raise taxes above 2% must give residents a say. Neither the Green Party nor Labour Party will back a freeze. For details of the proposed Conservative budget, click here.
Proposals being put forward include:
• A £25,000 grant for the Pride Festival to ensure the Community Parade can go ahead.
• Reversing the £165,000 cut to the grants programme for Community and Voluntary groups.
• Reversing the £84,000 cut to the short break respite care budget for disabled children.
• Helping traders and small businesses in the city by reducing the cost of their parking permits.
• Restoring £20,000 to the Brighton & Hove School Music & Arts Service budget.
Commenting, Mike said: “I know that residents will be pleased that my Conservative council colleagues have proposed a sensible budget that includes a council tax freeze. When faced with the prospect of a massive 4.75% rise, I think lots of people will be asking questions on why the opposition are not making our council more efficient, rather than simply asking residents to foot the bill for council waste.”
Cllr Geoffrey Theobald, Conservative Group Leader, said: “I am delighted to be able to present our proposals for a council tax freeze. I firmly believe that this is what the vast majority of the city’s residents want and they simply won’t understand why the other two parties continue to spurn the Government’s generous funding.”