Bristol City Council needs to make £27 million in savings this year and £92 million worth of savings over the next five years. What will this mean to residents in Easton and Lawrence Hill?
Up Our Street is holding a special meeting for Easton and Lawrence Hill residents on 12 December at City Academy. This is your chance to hear Bristol City Council’s plans and have your say. Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, will give an overview of the budget and outline the figures. There will then be round table discussions on each of the seven main themes of the consultation. This is your chance to be part of the conversation about how and why things are changing. Responses at the meeting will be recorded and fed back to Bristol City Council.
This is what Mayor Marvin Rees has to say about the strategy “Bristol is a successful city but it is also one of the worst cities in which to be born poor. Now Bristol faces a financial challenge we cannot meet without hurting the city and many of our citizens, as well as impacting on our city partners. This £92m five-year financial challenge has been determined by three key factors:
- The government’s funding grant to local councils has been significantly reduced year on year.
- The increased demand for services that Bristol, like most cities, now faces. Bristol’s growing and ageing population, for example, has meant the cost of adult social care has increased.
- An inherited local situation where savings allocated for 2016-17 were not achieved, the result of weaknesses in the council’s processes that have been revealed since the elections in May.”
Some of the areas under discussion include: Parks and Greenspaces, could voluntary groups play more of a role in maintenance? Adult Social Care, should Bristol City Council raise extra money through council tax that is ringfenced for these services? Libraries and other council-owned buildings, could these become community hubs with different services delivered in one place to save costs? There are certainly some tough financial decisions to be made.
The Up Our Street meeting on 12 December runs from 6.30 to 8.30pm at City Academy. We do hope that you can join us. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can complete the survey online by 5 January. https://bristol.citizenspace.com/bristol-city-council/corporate-strategy-2017-2022