Brighton and Hove's Green Party fails in council tax hike bid

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Plans to raise council tax in Brighton and Hove by 5.9% next year have failed to win cross-party support.

The city council's minority Green Party administration said the move would generate £6m to safeguard adult social care and disability services, as the authority faces a £25m shortfall.

The proposals failed to win the support of the Labour and Conservative groups at Friday's meeting.

The matter will be discussed again in December, and in February.

This year, the party wanted to increase council tax by 4.75% but members voted for Labour's proposal for a 1.99% rise instead.

Any authority wanting to increase council tax by more than 2% must put their plans to a local vote.

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