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.


Mayor's MP Salary

Bristol City Council has voted to pay Mayor George Ferguson a salary equivalent to that of an MP. He was elected as the city's first mayor in November.