Adam Postans

Local Democracy Reporter


Bristol councillor misconduct cases in line for shake-up as zero complaints upheld for six years

Democracy campaigners say they have lost faith in how misconduct allegations against councillors are being dealt with, and are demanding drastic changes.

Bristol won’t bring in parking levy to fund transport as council forced to publish report

Section of secret report into plans for Bristol underground released


Funding reinstated for SEND charity at heart of council social media spying row

A charity representing parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities, which lost government funding after Bristol City Council withdrew its backing, has had the money restored in a major U-turn.


Tories lose majority in South Gloucestershire at local elections

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Bristol’s final council-run rehab centre set to close as part of adult social care cuts

Thousands to be effectively kicked off council housing waiting list as part of allocations shake-up

Bristol City Council bosses say it isn't right giving people false hope of ever finding social housing when their chance of being housed is so slim – less than a 1% chance in some cases.

Parents warn ‘monstrous’ changes to autism referral rules for children will ‘cost lives’

SEND parents have slammed new rules that mean children must be in 'crisis' before they can be referred for an autism assessment in the Bristol area.

Council budget passes with opposition amendments but councillors clash

The budget was slammed by the Greens as 'flawed' but praised by the mayor as a 'considerable achievement' at a time when the local authority's finances are in a precarious position.

Council tenant rents to rise by 7% but parks and library cuts shelved under updated budget plans

The updated Bristol City Council budget, which will be finalised in February, also includes proposals to increase the cost of garden waste collections and charging second-home owners full council tax.

Bristol Beacon refurb cost spirals by another £25 million

The latest blow to Bristol City Council's finances comes as the authority prepares to cut services from April 2023.

‘Waking watch’ fire patrols stood down at two Bristol tower blocks as flammable cladding removed

Work to remove dangerous EPS cladding has been completed at Eccleston House, scene of a serious fire in autumn 2022, and another Barton Hill tower.