BANES has refused funding saying it's not a money issue but because of anti social behaviour.
West Country bishops have urged the Government to tackle the UK's 'hunger crisis', saying it has a 'moral imperative' to act.
Here is our 'at-a-glance' guide to some of the key budget decisions being made by councils in our region.
Here's our 'at-a-glance' guide to some of the key budget decisions being made by councils in our region.
The first is Bristol City Council:
Needed to make £83m of savings this year.
800 jobs to go at City Hall.
Council tax to go up by just under 2 percent.
Over a billion pounds being spent on public services and city improvements.
£375m will be spent on day to day services
£44m (plus £147m of government money) will be spent on things like roads and buildings
£86m will be spent on council housing
Other new investments include a parks and play fund and a welfare reform hardship fund.
But cuts are to be made across the board.
Mayor George Ferguson made £1.3m of concessions to the Labour Group for their support.
Final vote: For: 39, Against: 21 Abstentions: 4
– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol
“This was never going to be an easy budget where we all agreed. The savings we have to make are necessary but difficult to swallow. I am certain we’ve done all we can to limit the impact of these savings and I’m very grateful to everyone who has shared their views and made practical suggestions along the way.
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BANES Council approved £120m budget at a meeting last night
Needed to make 2.8m of cuts
Council tax frozen for the fourth year in a row.
All parking charges frozen
Advice services, children's centres, transport, roads and support for vulnerable people supported.
Need to cut spending by £8.4m over the next 3 years.
More BANES budget information at;
– Councillor Paul Crossley, Leader of Council
Through being financially responsible, the Council is able to protect many highly valued services to the public and invest in the future of our communities with new homes, jobs and local facilities.
The Prime Minister David Cameron is visiting Somerset again this afternoon.
It follows his visit to flood hit areas of the region last week and to Gloucestershire on Monday.
More to follow...
The Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, is visiting Somerset today to meet flood victims and discuss their future insurance claims. His visit coincides with a Downing Street summit today where the Prime Minister will meet representatives from the insurance industry, to discuss flood compensation.
The Prime Minister was in our region earlier today, warning that the battle against the floods would be "a long haul".
He was speaking as efforts continue to pump water off the Somerset Levels but with yet more heavy rain forecast.
He visited the emergency co-ordination centre in Taunton and again promised that extra help would be provided if necessary, as our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.
Ian Liddell-Grainger, the Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, has signed a petition calling for the sacking of the Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith.
He said he had signed the petition after watching Lord Smith's appearance on Newsnight on Monday and he didn't see any regret for the devastation on the Somerset Levels.
Mr Liddell-Grainger said farmland had been submerged, homes flooded, businesses forced to close, families evacuated and wildlife wiped out in an area which used to be "one of the finest wildlife habitats in the country".
He added that Environment Agency data showed dredging would have "considerably alleviated" the impact of flooding on the Somerset Levels but it didn't happen.
The MP said Lord Smith should be sacked before he is due to step down in July.
The petition was started by butcher Malcolm Pyne from North Petherton last week.
Wells MP Tessa Munt has handed onver a petition of more than 2,000 names to the General Synod in protest at the Church Commissioners’ plan to prevent the new Bishop of Bath and Wells from living in the flat in the Bishop’s Palace.
Very sorry to read Mark Harper's resignation letter. A very good minister, colleague and decent man who has behaved honourably.
Conservative MPs have voiced their support for Mark Harper, who has resigned as Immigration Minister after he discovered he was employing a cleaner who no longer had the right to live in the UK.
V sorry to see Immigration Minister Mark Harper go. He was a good Minister & shows typical integrity & decency in tough decision to resign.
Tory MP Nick de Bois said he was "very sorry" to hear of Mr Harper's departure, calling him "a very good minister, colleague and decent man".
Sorry to hear of mark harper resigning. Really decent guy and like him to act honourably. No calls from the PM, so job offer not mine.
Conservative MP Andrew Percy said Mr Harper was a "really decent guy", and said it was "like him to act honourably" by resigning as he did.
Mark Harper, who has resigned as Immigration Minister after discovering that his cleaner was in the UK illegally, said that he felt compelled to resign even though he had "complied with the law at all times".
In his resignation letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, the Conservative MP said: "As Immigration Minister, who is taking legislation through Parliament which will toughen up our immigration laws, I should hold myself to a higher standard than expected of others."
He added: "I have always believed that politics is a team game, not an individual sport.
"Under the circumstances, I have therefore decided that the right course is for me to return to the backbenches. I am sorry for any embarrassment caused."
Mr Harper said he would continue to support the Conservative party and the government "in whatever way I can".
The Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Immigration Minister Mark Harper "with regret", Downing Street said.
Harper announced his resignation over his employment of a cleaner who was not permitted to work in the UK.
"Mark Harper offered his resignation after he was informed that his cleaner did not have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, despite having shown him documents claiming she did," a Downing Street statement read.
"He immediately notified the Prime Minister - who accepted his resignation with regret. There is no suggestion that Mr Harper knowingly employed an illegal immigrant."