Brighton and Hove Council fails to set budget

Aerial shot of Brighton The ruling Green Party wants to increase council tax by 4.75%

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Brighton and Hove could have its budget imposed by the government after councillors failed to agree one during a six-hour meeting.

The ruling Green Party wants to increase council tax by 4.75%, Labour wants an increase of just under 2% while the Conservatives want a freeze.

As no party has an absolute majority, each can block the others' proposals.

If there is still a stalemate by 11 March, local government minister Eric Pickles will have to impose a budget.

Any increase would be for the council's proportion of council tax.

Councillors will try to reach agreement when they meet again next week.

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