The official opposition Conservative Group has elected a new leader; the Labour Group has kept theirs and the ruling Green Party are to review the Tory budget that they declined to endorse a few weeks ago.
Following the local elections on May 5th [see earlier story] Conservative Leader Mary Mears has been replaced by Geoffrey Theobald. Garry Peltzer Dunn and Denise Cobb replace Brian Oxley and Dee Simson as deputy leaders. Cllr. Mears will become a backbencher representing her constituency of Rottingdean & Coastal together with ex Cabinet colleagues David Smith and Lynda Hyde, formerly Cabinet member for Tourism and Chair of the Planning Committee respectively.
Gill Mitchell has been unanimously retained as the Leader of the Labour Group.
The first act of the new Green administration will be a review of the £750m Conservative budget which was the subject of major amendments when it was presented to full Council a few weeks ago. At the time, the Green Party wanted to see greater protection for front line services and had suggested that they would dispense with the new strategic directors who were appointed in October/November 2010 to save money.
Particular areas of concern were to protect child services and adult social care.
While there may be some scope to reallocate budget lines or save money via high-level redundancies, the city’s council tax cannot be increased because central government has imposed a freeze for two years.
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