Labour Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees and Bristol’s Labour councillors today passed a no cuts, £2 billion, four-year budget which protects frontline council services and invests in the city.
Speaking after the meeting, Labour Leader Councillor Marg Hickman said:
“It is a great shame that the Green Party have once again voted with the parties who started austerity rather than the one fighting so hard against it.
“Labour has today kept open all of Bristol’s libraries and all of Bristol’s children’s centres. Marvin’s administration has also invested hundreds of millions of pounds in new affordable housing, scrapped the former Mayor’s council tax discount for second homes, and introduced a 300% council tax on empty properties.
“I am also proud that Marvin and Labour have introduced a real Living Wage, frozen top pay at City Hall, and – despite the opposition of other parties – have also maintained the £40 million Council Tax Reduction Scheme, providing crucial relief for the 25,000 poorest families in Bristol.
“This year Labour have reached across the aisle once again, incorporating around £3 million of other parties ideas to increase what we’re already doing around adaptions for disabled care, improvements for the environment, and adding a few more units to our historic house-building record. Meanwhile, the opposition are so blinkered that they even refuse to fund their own amendments.”