☑ £45 million reserves draw down
☑ Frontline services protected
☑ £850k senior management cut
☑ £12 million income generation
☑ £23.6 million in-house efficiencies
☑ Full council tax on second homes
Mayor Marvin Rees and your local Labour councillors reached across party lines and accepted almost £1 million of amendments at this year’s budget meeting – providing even more resources for children’s homes, better mitigating student housing growth, and increasing crisis prevention funds.
All opposition parties backed moves to axe the new East Bristol swimming pool, halt efforts to tackle climate change and fuel poverty, and put our investment in major city projects and future council services at risk.
Only Labour voted to protect frontline council services in these tough times, when councils across the country are on the precipice. We are balancing the books by cutting City Hall senior management, generating income, and drawing down the council’s reserves.
Labour votes were also decisive in defeating the Tories’ proposal to raise council tax for only the poorest households through cuts to the council tax reduction scheme. Under this administration, Bristol is proud to remain the only core city to provide full relief to low income households while levying full rates on second homes.
The Green Party, forever at the cutting edge of local politics, took the novel approach of voting against even their own amendments. They chose to grandstand – voting with the Tories and Lib Dems once again – rather than joining Labour to focus on delivering for Bristol.