A period of not more than fifteen minutes shall be allowed at each ordinary meeting of the Council for the hearing of deputations from members of the public.  Each deputation may be heard for a maximum of five minutes following which one Member of the Council, nominated by the Mayor, may speak in response.  It shall then be moved by the Mayor and voted on without discussion that the spokesperson for the deputation be thanked for attending and its subject matter noted.


Notification of one Deputation has been received. The spokesperson is entitled to speak for 5 minutes.


(1)      Deputation concerning the Fossil Fules and Climate Change and BHCC’s Lack of Representation on the East Sussex Pension Committee


Spokesperson – Luke Simanowitz


          Supported by:

          Les Gunbie                          Andrew Beechey

          Madeleine Bradbury           Clare Finn

          Dr Hugh Dunkerley             Natasha Fairbanks

          Ruth Urbanowizc                Dave Allen

          Tim Beecher


Ward affected: All


Councillor Heley, Chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee will reply.



(2)      Deputation concerning Class Divide


Spokesperson – Carlie Goldsmith


          Supported by:

          Lisa Petitt                              Curtis James

          Will McInnes

          Catherine Mercer

          Darren Snow

          Dave Bailey


Ward affected: All


Councillor Clare, Chair of the Children, Young People & Skills Committee will reply.


Deputation concerning the Fossil Fuels and Climate Change and BHCC’s Lack of Representation on the East Sussex Pension Committee


Spokesperson – Luke Simanowitz


In 2017 and again in 2020, Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) passed motions calling on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to stop investing local people’s pensions in the giant fossil fuel companies that are driving the climate crisis – companies like Shell and BP.


Yet, despite declaring a ‘climate emergency’, ESCC has repeatedly refused to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund - the local government pension scheme for East Sussex, Brighton and Hove - from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas), most recently in June of 2020.


The window for limiting global warming to 1.5°C – and thereby avoiding the most calamitous impacts of climate change – is rapidly closing. Doing so will require dramatic cuts in emissions from oil and gas over the next ten years.


Yet despite many years of ESCC’s official policy of ‘engagement’, not a single oil and gas major is currently anywhere near aligning with this goal. Indeed, an analysis by Oil Change International, published in September, found that ‘not a single climate plan released by a major oil company comes close to aligning with the urgent 1.5ºC global warming limit’.


Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) is a major contributor to the East Sussex Pension Fund, which currently has over £100m of local people’s pensions invested in fossil fuels. Brighton and Hove also account for over a third of the population of East Sussex, Brighton and Hove. Yet, for purely historical reasons, BHCC currently has no representation on the East Sussex Pension Committee, the ultimate decision-making body for the Fund. This

means that the residents of Brighton and Hove have no real say in how these monies are invested.


With less than a year to go before this year’s crucial UN climate summit in Glasgow, we need all institutions to be showing leadership on the climate crisis.


We therefore call on BHCC to demand adequate representation on the East Sussex Pension Committee to ensure that these climate-destroying investments can finally be eliminated from the East Sussex Pension Fund.




Deputation concerning Class Divide


Spokesperson – Carlie Goldsmith



Summary of Deputation for Full Council meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council

Class Divide​ is a grassroots campaign fighting to urgently bring attention and change to the deeply unjust educational attainment gap between young people from the communities of Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate and their counterparts in the rest of Brighton and Hove. The campaign is made up of parents, residents, experts and supporters who have experienced these problems or have expertise in education. For more information about the campaign see ​​.


Class Divide wants Brighton and Hove City Council to:


1.    Face the problem by producing an annual report on the school outcomes and attainment of children living Whitehawk, Bristol Estate and Manor Farm that is presented to the Children, Young People and Skills Committee and shared with the community and online.

2.    Address the issues revealed by​ ​publishing a plan that specifically addresses what actions will be taken to reduce the identified educational inequalities experienced by children, young people and adults in our area. This should include closing gaps in attainment, exclusion, access to learning across the life-course, and levels of financial investment. Subject the plan to annual review and make it available to the community.

3.    Find a solution​ ​by training all school leaders and school staff on the experiences of working-class children.

4.    Our children are two times more likely to get excluded from school so we want you to Improve your response and​ ​work with schools to reduce the rate of school exclusions and the placement of our children in alternative schools to the Brighton and Hove average, with a plan for further reduction by moving away from punishment approaches to behaviour management towards models informed by an understanding of the social and emotional development of children.

5.    Offer ongoing support and give local people a second chance by providing local learning and training opportunities and develop advocacy support for parents struggling to keep their children in school.







●       Brighton & Hove City Council data shows that in 2019 less than 1 in 4 (37%) young people from Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate equipped with basic grades at GCSE English and Maths, leaving school at a serious disadvantage to the citywide average of 69%. ​ A basic grades gap of 32%​ . ​ [1]

●     The basic grades gap is not confined to English and Maths. Attainment 8 - a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of eight subjects - for young people from Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate was 32.2 in 2019 compared to 47.6 for young people in the rest of Brighton and Hove. ​ [2]

●     Children and young people from the East Brighton communities of Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate are ​ twice as likely​ as their counterparts across Brighton and Hove to be excluded from school at least once. ​ [3]

●     They are​ three times more likely​ than other children in Brighton and Hove to be educated at a special school or pupil referral unit. ​ [4]

●     IMD, 2019 data shows the most advantaged area for education, skills and training in Brighton and Hove was ranked 32,690 out of a total of 32,844 areas in England. By contrast, North Whitehawk ranked 134. ​ The gap between the most advantaged area and North Whitehawk is 32,556 ranked places​ .  The same data shows South Whitehawk ranked 238 and Central Whitehawk 260. ​ [5]


●     The pandemic will make the basic grades gap worse. Families in the East Brighton communities of Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate will be hit hard by Covid-19. Many will lack the resources to support homeschooling or make up the gaps in learning caused by school closures in the first wave. In addition, some families will need additional support to help their children and young people learn because of the lasting legacy educational disadvantage has had in the area, for example, local authority figures show that ​ 51% of households in our area hold Level 1 qualifications (GCSE grades 3,2,1 or D,E,F,G) or No Qualifications compared to 27% of households in the rest of Brighton and Hove​ . ​ [6]

●     East Brighton is in the top 10% least economically advantaged areas in the country ​ [7]. ​Figures show that in 2017 ​ 43% of children living in the ward live in poverty, the highest level of child poverty in any ward in Brighton and Hove. [8]


[1]   Local Authority data

[2]   Ibid

[3]   Ibid

[4]   Ibid

[5]   Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019

[6]   Local Authority data

[7]   Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019

[8]   ​Valadez-Martinez, L. and Hirsch, D. (2017) ​Compilation of child poverty local indicators, update to September 2017, ​ [online] Available at​ ​​.