Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has announced his new cabinet, which now features members from four political parties.
A survey has shown that Bristol City Council is the second highest user in the country of so-called 'gagging orders' on staff.
From April 1 2012 major changes will be made to the benefits system. And 2 million people will face a 25% cut in housing support.
Ian Bruce, the Conservatives spokesman in Dorset, blamed voters opting for UKIP for allowing Labour to win seats from the Conservatives on the new look County Council..
John Osman, the Conservative leader on Somerset County Council, claimed the election result was a victory for "common sense and financial prudence" despite a reduced number of seats.
Mark Hawthorn, the leader of the Conservative group on Gloucestershire County Council, says that last night's result which saw his party lose overall control is a wake up call, with UKIP doing well.
Labour's Jasminder Gill won in the Barton & Tredworth ward to become Gloucestershire County Council's first female Asian County Councillor.**
The Conservatives lost two seats but still won 27 of the 45 seats on Dorset County Council.
Lib Dems 12
Labour & Co-operative 2
The Conservatives held on to overall control on Somerset County Council, although UKIP won 3 seats (Minehead, Yeovil Central, Chard)
Conservatives 28 seats
Lib Dems 18
The Conservatives have lost control of the County Council in Gloucestershire but still remain as the largest party on the Council. UKIP won 3 seats in the Forest of Dean.
Liberal Democrat 14
Labour & Co-operative 3
Green Party 1
People Against Bureaucracy Group 1
Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 0
The Conservatives won ten of the seats in the Sedgemoor division of Somerset County Council. Labour took two seats
Total number of electors: 89,124
Percentage turnout overall: 28.48 %
For other Somerset County Council results go to http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/council/election/2013/default.asp
People living in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset have until ten o'clock tonight to decide who run the councils for the next four years.