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Welfare cuts to hit thousands of Bristol residents

The Conservative government have announced a range of cuts to working age benefits that will affect local residents. Recent analysis has estimated that in the City of Bristol: The four year freeze on working age benefits means 33,410 Bristol residents and their families will lose an average of £260 per year. This includes 18,700 working […]

Scrutiny Chair welcomes Mayoral announcement on libraries

The Chair of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, Lib Dem Councillor Anthony Negus, has welcomed the u-turn by Mayor Ferguson today on library closures. Cllr Anthony Negus (Lib Dem, Cotham) said: “I welcome the news that there will be an equitable solution to keep open libraries throughout the city. “At the scrutiny meeting, though, we continued […]

Parliament Votes to Grant Bristolians Right to hold second Mayoral Referendum

Today Parliament voted to restore the rights of Bristol citizens to be able to hold a second mayoral referendum that could see the role scrapped. In the House of Lords Bristol peer and former council leader Baroness Barbara Janke of Clifton successfully moved an amendment to Government legislation that would lift the restriction on holding […]

Open Letter from Cllr Kent to the Mayor of Bristol

Tim Kent, Lib Dem Councillor for Whitchurch Park, has today (Tuesday 2nd June) written an Open Letter to the Mayor of Bristol, regarding the publication of the ‘Our City’ magazine.   The contents of his letter is below:   Yesterday you wrote to all councillors to defend your use of £35,000 of public money to […]

The Queens Speech: What are the proposals relevant to local government?

Today the Queen delivered her speech to Parliament setting out the Conservative Government’s programme for the next Parliamentary year. The speech is the first to be delivered by a majority Conservative Government since 1996. Below is a list of bills announced relevant to local government Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill Provide for the devolution […]

Saving Redland Library

Anthony Negus (Liberal Democrat councillor for Cotham Ward) has prepared this guide, which collates information from published Council sources and conversations with Bristol City Council officers. It draws on contributions from local residents and users at a number of public events set up by the council or Anthony and other local councillors. It draws on […]

Opinion: Why I fell out of love with Lib Dems in 2010 …and then joined them on May 8th

New member Jim Hodgson explains why he has joined the Liberal Democrats: Like many other students living in Sheffield in 2010, I witnessed – and felt part of – collective support for something refreshingly different. In the run-up to the election Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems spearheaded a surging political discourse based on the principles of […]

Voters face the biggest political decision of their lives

On the penultimate day of the election campaign, Nick Clegg said “you face the biggest political decision of your life”. With the polls neck-and-neck and no party likely to hold a majority in parliament, voters face the prospect of a new government lurching to the extreme left, the extreme right, or breaking up the country […]

Bristol City Council phone contracts costing taxpayers millions

Bristol taxpayers have forked out nearly £1.5 million in two and a half years for council workers to be issued with smartphones, including 639 IPads, 1190 Blackberries and 4431 other mobile phone devices. Since the mayor was elected in November 2012, the use of Council owned mobile phones has cost the taxpayer £1,012,769, whilst Blackberries […]

Lib Dems Launch Environment Manifesto

The Lib Dem Environment Manifesto – published Sunday 26th April – sets out a Liberal Democrat programme of delivery for the next five years and beyond, building on the Five Green Laws which are highlighted on the front page of the Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto.   The proposals will stimulate more green growth, improve greener […]