Council aims to take back control of funds

March 03 2017

COUNCIL tax bills will go up 4.99 per cent from next month as Bristol City Council aims to maintain services while making huge cuts to "correct" its finances.

COUNCIL tax bills will go up 4.99 per cent from next month as Bristol City Council aims to  maintain services while making huge cuts to "correct" its finances.

The council says it will continue to invest more than £1bn in the city and its citizens over the next year.

Most of the council tax rise - three per cent - will go to fund social care. The overall increase will bring in just over £9m extra for the council during the year, helping reduce the need for cuts in services.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is very much a corrective one-year budget. It’s about taking back control of the council’s finances and making some of the tough but necessary choices which have been avoided in the past. We all know there’s no realistic way to make over £100m of savings without some pain, but I think we’ve done a good job understanding the impact and thinking about how we minimise it."

He said the council  would  lobby the government for a fairer funding deal for local government, while  also working more widely to enable everyone to play a part in public life. 

Hillfields councillor Craig Cheney, cabinet member for finance,  said: “Setting this budget has been a long process and we are grateful for everyone who has played a part by sharing their ideas and views. But the hard work starts now. We still need to find over £40m of savings and make sure we implement the things we’ve approved. Many of those need some detailed work and we’ll be talking to people about how we implement those savings. "