Brighton and Hove budget voted down by opposition parties

Protesters outside Hove Town Hall where the budget meeting was being held
Protesters outside Hove Town Hall where the budget meeting was being held

After a six-and-a-half hour meeting, Labour's budget for Brighton and Hove City Council failed.

Green and Conservative councillors voted against Labour's budget tonight (February 23), after six of their amendments were agreed.

These included an all-party amendment to put £190,000 back into the youth service budget, which was set for £645,000 worth of cuts opposed by local youth groups.

Labour's budget included £21m of cuts and a 4.99 per cent council tax rise.

After the budget fell with 29 votes against and 23 for, the three group leaders went into backroom talks to try to come to an agreement.

If the budget is not agreed tonight, a meeting will be called next week to attempt to pass the council budget again.

More to follow.