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Job losses would have a 'devastating' impact on services

Job losses at Bristol City Council could have a "devastating" impact on services, one union has said.

UNISON said the cuts could leave the Council "unable to fulfil its legal duties, particularly around social care for elderly and vulnerable people".

It's now calling on Marvin Rees to list the services Bristolians can expect to see if Central Government cuts keep coming.

And, although the council is offering voluntary redundancy, Unison has warned up to half the losses could be compulsory.

Slicing more and more off budgets while expecting the same service to be delivered is not realistic any more.

We are seeing the beginnings of a crisis in social care and you only have to look around the city streets to see the homelessness that results.

Real political leadership is needed from the Mayor. Firstly to decide what kind of public services he wants given the lack of money, and second to unite with the leaders of other core cities and say to Theresa May: give us the funding we need – or we risk failing our residents.

– Steve Crawshaw, branch secretary for UNISON Bristol

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Public sector strikes across the region

NUT strike in February Credit: ITV West Country

More strikes are taking place across the South West today - as workers walk out of pay and pensions.

Unions are unhappy about workload and conditions their members having to deal with. Picket lines will be set up outside schools, libraries and tax offices and there are plans for rallies in the region's biggest towns and cities.

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Tomorrow's strikes: How will they affect you?

Parents across the West face disruption tomorrow for the third time this year as thousands of teachers go on strike. The National Union of Teachers will be joined by five other unions, including the body representing fire fighters - in one of the biggest strikes for years.

As well as schools being closed the strike will also hit libraries - with the vast majority closed across the region. Job Centres will be shut in some areas but those entitled to benefits should be able to receive them, and bin collections will also disrupted in many towns and cities.

Bristol libraries and museums closed tomorrow

Bristol City Council has confirmed that many public facilities will be closed tomorrow (10 July) due to the strikes. The following is an extract from the Council statement:

'Schools, Customer Service Points, libraries and museums will be amongst the most noticeable services affected, with the majority closed for the day. Also closed will be Hengrove Play Park. Most other services will be running with reduced capacity.'

West Country school closures tomorrow

Teachers across the West Country will be out on strike on Thursday 10 July, forcing the closure of many schools. It is part of an ongoing dispute over pay.

If your child goes to an academy school, you should check the individual school website.

For the latest information on council-run school closures, follow the links below (please note that councils update their links regularly as and when appropriate):

Wiltshire Council have told us that there are 9 fully closed schools in the county today and 15 more that are partially closed.

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