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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.

Brighton & Hove City Council - election results soon


E-petition sparks council debate on Sunday parking fees

Sunday parking charges in Brighton & Hove are to be discussed by the full council

Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council are to discuss scrapping parking charges for council run car parks and on street parking on Sundays.

The debate has been prompted by an online petition signed by more than 1,250 people.

More than 1,250 people have signed an e-petition calling for the removal of Sunday parking charges

Council to pay living wage

From today, Brighton & Hove City Council will become an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Last year a council committee approved plans to pay all council staff the UK Living Wage rate of £7.45 an hour.

A living wage is defined as enough to provide someone with the basic necessities and comforts of life.

The UK minimum wage is currently £6.19 an hour for someone aged over 21.

Under the scheme, 128 permanent staff will benefit - 98 of whom work in the city's schools - plus staff who work for the council on a casual basis. The council will also be looking at its contractual arrangements to try and make sure that those who work on the council's behalf benefit as well.

This is a really important step. Poverty pay has no place in society; we know that paying employees a living wage helps tackle inequality and helps families become more independent. Council employees should be paid enough to live here and we are leading by example, we want the living wage to become a real consideration for businesses throughout the city."

– Jason Kitcat, leader, Brighton & Hove City Council
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