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Six hour stalemate over spending in Brighton and Hove

Councillors in Brighton and Hove have failed to set a budget, despite a six hour meeting last night. The ruling Greens wanted to increase council tax by almost 6% - the biggest rise in the country.

But Labour and the Tories voted against them. There'll be another meeting on Tuesday 3rd March.

ITV Meridian spoke to the Green Party's Cllr Jason Kitcat, Brighton & Hove City Council.

Brighton & Hove councillors fail to agree on budget

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council have failed to set a budget after six hours of negotiations, and will now reconvene on Tuesday 3 March.

At just after 10.30pm the council chief executive Penny Thompson said it was unlikely they were going to be unable to reach an agreement this evening.

They were trying to decide whether tax payers in the city will face the biggest increase in their bills in the country.

The Greens want a rise of almost 6%, which would equate to more than £70 a year for an average household.

They say without a big rise they will have to make drastic cuts in public services. Both Labour and the Conservatives feel this is too high.

The opposition Labour group leader Warren Morgan tonight argued for a 2% rise in council tax.

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Today's debates: The Budget and UKIP's progress

In the Last Word, Meridian's Political Correspondent Phil Hornby is joined by South Thanet's Conservative MP, Laura Sandys; the Liberal Democrats' Matthew Oakeshott - Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay on the Isle of Wight; and Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Regional Champion for South East England.

They debate the budget: how will it affect working families in the south? And, after Eastleigh, do the three main parties need to take the UKIP movement more seriously than ever before?

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