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Green Party slams Council decision to cut 1,000 jobs

The Green Party has slammed the government for reducing funding which "make it impossible for local councils to deliver essential basic services".

The condemnation comes in the wake of news Bristol City Council will axe 1,000 jobs to keep up with budget cuts.

We stand alongside the unions who are opposing the cuts which will decimate essential public services across Bristol, and the impact this will have on the most vulnerable in our city.

This government seems determined to systematically dismantle local councils with no regard for the pain this will cause ordinary people.

– Charlie Bolton, Leader of the Green Council Group

The Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government added:

In addition to savage cuts in services that so many Bristolians rely upon, people working in local government have faced years of uncertainty and pay freezes - now 1 in 6 of them could now lose their jobs this autumn. This is devastating to the people concerned and their families, and will also have a serious impact on the delivery of vital council services.

– Tony Dyer, Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government

Women falls to her death in Southmead Hospital

A woman has died after she fell into the atrium of Southmead Hospital.

It is thought the woman, who was not a patient of the hospital, took her own life in the new Brunel building on Sunday morning.

Police confirmed officers were in attendance but said it is against their policy to reveal further details.

North Bristol NHS Trust, which run Southmead Hospital, say they are carrying out a risk assessment in response to the death.

We can confirm that unfortunately a woman died.

The Trust is supporting staff and patients with help from the hospital's chaplaincy team.

– North Bristol NHS Trust
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