Council leader calls for £150 million for Brighton and Hove after DUP's £1 billion deal

Warren Morgan is the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council
Warren Morgan is the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council

The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has called for £150 million extra funding after the government agreed a £1 billion deal for Northern Ireland this week.

The Conservatives made the deal with the DUP in a power sharing arrangement, which will see the Northern Irish party vote with the government, in exchange for the deal.

Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “The amount given to Northern Ireland works out at between £500 and £550 per person, according to national media estimates. There are around 273,400 people in Brighton and Hove, so by my calculations that means a fair payment to us would be around £145 to £150 million.

“That kind of money would go a long way to helping to build badly needed new affordable homes. It could be well spent on our public transport infrastructure and roads. It could certainly help tackle issues on our commuter rail links to London.”

“That sort of sum could replace most of the money lost through Government cuts to local council service funding. It could go a long way to offset the appalling Government cuts to our local schools. It could go towards vitally important work on improving mental health or tackling rough sleeping.

“£150 million could really boost programmes to help survivors of domestic violence or help ease the pressure of rising social care costs. It would enable us to fund the installation of any additional safety improvements that may be recommended following the Grenfell tragedy.”

“There are very many things we could do to improve the lives of people in the city with £150 million, but we don’t qualify as we are not in a position to shore up Mrs May’s minority Conservative Government in the House of Commons. If there is money for a “shoddy deal” for DUP support in Parliament, there should be funding for the public services, infrastructure and homes that Brighton and Hove needs.”