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Mayor's plans for Bristol: full report

Bristol's new Mayor announced how he planned to balance the city's budget today - and it'll mean hundreds of job losses, cuts in services and the closure of a range of facilities across the city. George Ferguson unveiled a package of proposals this morning.

These are the key recommendations:

  • Thirty five million pounds is being cut from next year's budget.

  • More than 320 jobs will be lost.

  • Council tax bills will go up by around 2 per cent - that's 26 pounds a year for the average household.

Unions have condemned the proposals, but the new Mayor says the cuts are essential. Richard Payne reports.

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Labour council leader quits over 'flawed' cabinet decision

Announcing his resignation, the leader of the Labour party in Bristol, Peter Hammond said:

Earlier today (Sunday) the Labour Party announced that they were not prepared to endorse a proposal from Bristol’s Labour councillors to take up the offer of three seats (out of six) in George Ferguson’s cabinet. As a loyal member of the Labour Party I must and will abide by that decision however flawed I think it is.

– Peter Hammond, Former leader Bristol Labour Party

The announcement came after the Labour party rejected the offer from George Ferguson of seats in his new council cabinet. A decision that left Bristol's new Mayor 'bemused'.

Mr Ferguson was elected as an Independent earlier this month and hopes to put together an all-party coalition. He says he will leave the seats empty for a week to see if Labour Officials change their minds.

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