Opinion – Our night shelter will help rough sleepers but it won’t end rough sleeping

This Sunday the council will be opening a winter night shelter for local rough sleepers at the Brighton Centre. This will provide a safe space for 30 local people over the coldest months of the year. Once warm and after a hot meal, they will be able to start to engage with our...

Opinion – Brexit: Another fine mess

Laurel and Hardy may not have been anticipating Brexit when they coined the phrase “another fine mess you’ve gotten us into” but it neatly sums up the last few weeks. The Brexit economic impact assessments epitomise the chaos. First there was “excruciating detail” –...

Opinion: Public support has played a key part in saving the Madeira Terraces

We did it! Not just me and the council – but the community, the city, residents, businesses and organisations coming together to act to save a valued part of our local heritage. We hit the target for the Madeira Terraces crowdfunding campaign with more than 24 hours to...

Opinion: Less doom and disaster – give us news without bias!

Recently published “wellbeing” data for the UK showed a significant improvement in life satisfaction and an overall increase in happiness. A few days later, as I sat watching the BBC News at 10 reporting on the Conservative budget, I genuinely thought I had accidentally tuned in...
Posted On 02 Dec 2017

Opinion – Justice failing the young

Youth courts are retaining jurisdiction in ever more serious cases. The orthodox view is that youth courts are the right venue for under-18s. The 2017 Youth Sentencing Guideline states that “young people should be tried in the youth court” as it is “best designed to meet their...
Posted On 02 Dec 2017

Opinion – Universal credit will make life worse not better in Brighton and Hove

When the independent chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board asks about the introduction of universal credit in Brighton and Hove, as he did this week, it’s hardly surprising that party politicians have questions. As a Labour councillor, I have questions and concerns. As the...

We must do more to house local people

This week I saw what local government can do to meet the housing needs of local residents. At Kite Place in Whitehawk I visited new council homes that are a match for anything in the private sector. Energy efficient, broadband enabled new council homes for households who...

Opinion – ways to fix the housing crisis are being ignored

By Phélim Mac Cafferty One in 69 people in Brighton and Hove are homeless. Our city is ranked 20th of UK council areas for homelessness, surpassing many London boroughs. These are the alarming findings of a report from Shelter published this week. Life for people who have no...

Opinion – Police assurances about violence against women count for little

By Jean Calder The last Friday of October was a grim day for news. National newspapers were dominated by reports of harassment and misogyny in Parliament, while that day’s Argus brought a report that a woman had been stabbed to death at her home. We now know she was 46 year old...

Brighton usually loves a revolution – so why did my anti-establishment city not vote for Brexit?

By Tom Bewick At 6am on the morning of Friday 24 June 2016, Brighton awoke to find itself on the wrong side of history.  The country had voted for Brexit, while seven in ten of the city’s electorate had voted to Remain.  Brighton has for decades built an enviable...

The world is changing and Brighton and Hove cannot afford to stand still

Now is the time to plan a future for the economy in our city. Not just how businesses will thrive and grow in a rapidly changing world, but how all of us can earn the money we need to have somewhere to live, support our families and live healthy and happy lives. Unemployment may...

Brighton and Hove residents need protecting from worst of universal credit

Universal credit – a benefit change that will affect 20,000 people in Brighton and Hove – is due to be rolled out across the city over the next few months. For many, universal credit will represent a loss of disposable income that could threaten the roof over their heads. Under...

Moving forward in Brighton and Hove

This week I wrote to the leaseholder of the Aquarium Terraces site opposite the Palace Pier saying that I want a response in the next couple of weeks with an action plan and timeline for redevelopment of the site. It’s an eyesore in one of our prime tourist locations and we had...

How we are bucking the trend with recycling

In 2015 we said we would get the basics right if given the chance to lead the council. One of our aims was to improve recycling in the city, which had fallen from 28% to 25% under the previous Green-led council. This week my colleague Cllr Gill Mitchell, who leads on...

Brighton and Hove council faces huge financial challenges – but we’re ready

“Bluntly, no one in government can say how councils will be funded after 2020 when they were all supposed to become self-financing.” This is the stark conclusion of one newspaper report this week as it has become clear that plans by the government to hand back local business rate...

Brighton and Hove Conservative leader urges party to target young voters

There are few things that are as important in life as voting so I was incredibly encouraged that June’s general election turnout in the 18 to 24 age group was 72 per cent. I’ve said before that whoever young people decide to vote for, it is up to us as politicians to persuade...

Visitor numbers rise as Brighton makes most of past, present and future

Last weekend was a great success for Brighton and Hove, with nearly 400,000 joining in one of the biggest parties in the UK. It’s shaping up to be a great summer for the city, with visitor numbers for the period April to July up around 10,000 on last year. The Royal Pavilion has...

We won’t wait another 50 years for lasting equality

This weekend tens of thousands will take to the city’s streets celebrating our LGBT community. Our special city which has provided refuge for thousands of LGBT people will remind the world of our values of hope and solidarity. The Green Party has been a longstanding advocate of...

Pride in Brighton and Hove

This weekend Brighton and Hove opens its doors to thousands of people visiting the city to enjoy Pride, one of the biggest events of its kind nationally and one of the biggest in our calendar. It’s a chance for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans*) community, to celebrate,...

A new front in the battle for a better Brighton and Hove

Change is happening on our seafront. Investment in new and old, in our heritage and our economy, is gathering pace. This week we launched the crowdfunding campaign to begin the restoration of the Madeira Terraces. Being able to demonstrate real public commitment and support for...