Older people’s free bus travel times change from next Monday

The time restrictions for old people’s free bus passes are being brought back in from next Monday (8 March) in Brighton and Hove. Those aged 66 and over will not be able to use their passes for free travel before 9am, Brighton and Hove City Council said today (Monday 1 March)....
Posted On 01 Mar 2021 at 7:40 pm

Ofsted inspector who slated Brighton school helps run potential academy sponsor

An Ofsted inspector whose visit led to a Brighton primary being rated “inadequate” is a key figure at an academy trust in talks about whether to sponsor the school in Moulsecoomb. Timothy Rome joined The Pioneer Academy, a multi-academy trust, as a regional director in September...
Posted On 28 Feb 2021 at 1:12 am

Going Gaga over rise in dog thefts

In the week when an armed man dognapped Lady Gaga’s pet pooches, police chiefs are asking for people in Brighton and Hove for their views about the rising number of dog thefts. The Sussex police and crime commissioner has started a national survey in partnership with the...
Posted On 28 Feb 2021 at 1:02 am

Councillors earmark extra cash for domestic abuse survivors

More money has been earmarked to support victims of domestic abuse after councillors approved the extra funding during their annual budget debate last night (Thursday 25 February). Members of Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to spend £95,000 in the coming year on support for...

Greens announce candidate for Hollingdean by-election

The Green candidate for the first of two upcoming by-elections has been announced as sustainable design researcher Zoë John. Ms John, who has lived in Hollingdean and Stanmer for nine years and moved to Brighton 22 years ago, will be standing in the by-election likely to be held...
Posted On 26 Feb 2021 at 3:29 pm

Three potential academy sponsors have Brighton primary school in their sights

Moulsecoomb Primary School has attracted interest from three potential academy sponsors, with one of them pressing for a meeting. The school was earmarked for conversion to academy status after education watchdog Ofsted rated it as “inadequate” in May 2019 – a verdict challenged...
Posted On 26 Feb 2021 at 2:55 pm

Average council tax bills in Brighton and Hove to top £2,000

The average “band D” council tax bill in Brighton and Hove will top £2,000 in the coming financial year after councillors agreed their first £1 billion budget. The higher bills will be sent out in the next few weeks after Brighton and Hove City Council set its 2021-22 budget...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 9:47 pm

Fire authority asks Brighton and Hove council tax payers for £8.7m

The fire service will cost Brighton and Hove council tax payers £8.7 million for the coming financial year – or £97.43 on a band D council tax bill. East Sussex Fire Authority is putting up the precept by £1.90 for a band D property from £95.53 – a rise of 1.99 per cent. The...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 8:53 pm

Covid jab take-up rates drop in Brighton and Hove in younger age groups

Brighton and Hove is falling behind with its vaccination schedule as fewer people over 70 or classed as clinically vulnerable are making appointments compared with the over 80s. Health bosses said that work was under way to encourage more people to take up appointments either...

Conservative leader sets out alternative budget ideas for Brighton and Hove

Conservative leader Steve Bell responded to the Green’s budget proposals for Brighton and Hove City Council for the coming financial year. Councillor Bell thanked council staff for all their work supporting people in Brighton and Hove during the coronavirus pandemic as well as...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 6:28 pm