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Solidarity from Brighton & Hove City Council in joint statement

The leaders of the three political groupings on Brighton & Hove City Council have joined together to issue a council-wide message of unity and togetherness in reaction to the bomb attack on Manchester Arena. It is below in full:

'We are shocked and appalled by the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. That any person or organisation can target innocent young people at a pop concert is unfathomable. This act is intended to frighten and divide us, but we will not be cowed and we stand together strong; united in compassion with people from all faiths and backgrounds.

We send our deepest sympathy to all affected by this horrendous attack. Our thoughts are particularly with the families and friends of those who have died and been injured. If you are worried about someone who may have been at the concert, an emergency number, 0161 856 9400, has been set up.

As a sign of respect flags on council buildings in the city will fly at half-mast today. The council will also be writing to the Leader and Chief Executive of Manchester City Council offering support.

Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism. Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

You can also report online to Sussex Police

One Voice members urge everyone to be aware and are encouraging residents and communities to report any racist, religiously motivated or other hate incidents within our communities. Please report hate incidents.

For further information and support, go to safeinthecity.info/getting-help/preventing-terrorism-and-extremism or gov.uk/ACT.'

The above joint statement has come from: Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group; Councillor Tony Janio, Leader of the Conservative Group; and Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group

Brighton & Hove's new plan to tackle homelessness

It's believed that more than fifty homeless people have died in Brighton & Hove in the last three years. Now, in a report soon to be released, Brighton & Hove City Council has set an ambitious target ... "to make sure no-one has the need to sleep rough in the city by 2020".

The report comes with a fresh admission that the city's homelessness problem has become "more acute" with services working with more than 1,100 cases of rough sleepers last year - figures that are almost double what the situations was like five years ago. Andy Dickenson reports.

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Councillors at Brighton & Hove City council have approved an increase of 3.99% to council tax for the next financial year at a budget meeting tonight.

Brighton & Hove City Council election reaction

Brighton & Hove City Council is no longer controlled by the Greens, following the local elections.

The count, which started after general election votes had been counted, lasted most of Saturday with the final result coming after 7pm.

The Brighton Pavilion seat returned Caroline Lucas from the Green Party as its MP in Thursday's general election. Two councillors who won in the Preston Park ward where Ms Lucas lives, gave their reaction to the local election result and the day-long count.

First is Councillor Kevin Allen, from the Labour Party which now has a minority control of the city council.

Councillor Leo Littman, from the Green Party, attributed some of his party's loss of seats to the fact that the local elections were on the same day as the general election - boosting the number of voters taking part in the poll.

Brighton & Hove City Council - Labour win most seats

Labour take minority control of Brighton and Hove City Council away from the Greens.

Tally of councillors: Labour 23, Conservative 20, Green 11.

Labour councillors have a choice, their party may choose to go it alone as a no overall control council like the Greens did last year - bearing in mind they have just 3 more councillors than the Conservative group. Or Labour councillors may go into a coalition with the Greens.

In the next few days the Labour Party must announce their decision. Then, the Labour group will have to announce who the leader of the council will be by 21st May 2015.

Greens holding on to Regency ward in Brighton & Hove

The Greens have held onto the Brighton & Hove City Council seats vacated by former council leader Jason Kitcat and his wife Ania Kitcat - both Greens - who stood down.

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Brighton & Hove City Council - election results soon

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