The Bristol Labour Group’s plan:
☑ £45 million reserves draw down
☑ £850k senior management cut
☑ £12 million income generation
☑ £23.6 million in-house efficiencies
☑ Full council tax on second homes
Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party: “With amazing creativity in the toughest of times, we are seeing the first shoots of the renaissance of local government for the many, not the few – the rebirth of municipal socialism.”
Tory austerity in Westminster is prioritising tax cuts for bankers over children’s services. Here in Labour-run Bristol – after saving almost £850,000 per year through our City Hall senior management restructure and drawing down council reserves by £45 million – we remain the only core city not to charge the poorest households any council tax at all while charging the full amount on second homes and empty properties.
After fixing the former Mayor’s £30 million black hole, more than 90% of the £76 million financial gap which the council faces by 2022/23 is set to be covered by in-house efficiencies, income generation, and service transformations in the face of the changing needs of Bristolians and continued financial pressure on the city council.
Where Bristol City Council previously outsourced to other providers, many services will now be brought back in-house to be delivered direct by the public sector.
Despite the intense pressure from continuing Tory austerity, the vast majority of proposed measures in this year’s budget (which goes before Full Council next month) will not reduce any key frontline services.