Update: Brighton and Hove budget agreed on second attempt

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Brighton and Hove City Council's budget was approved after a second attempt this evening (February 23), after an agreement between the Conservatives and Labour.

After Labour's budget was voted down by Green and Conservative councillors, group leaders went into backroom talks to thrash out a deal.

The Conservatives then came back with a revised amendment that was voted down earlier - to put £80,000 back into the Communities and Third Sector Development Commission - money for voluntary groups and charities. This was agreed unanimously.

The budget then went back to the vote at 11.40pm, and was agreed 42 to 10, with Green councillors voting against.

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

An all-party amendment earlier in the evening put £190,000 back into the youth service budget (which was subject to £645,000 cuts), and a Conservative amendment to create a £250,000 fund for a council housing youth service.