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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.


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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