Alex Turner

Edition 30

Data highlights need for renters to be better protected

Hundreds of people in Bristol have been recognised as homeless in the last few years because a private tenancy ended. Will a national policy ending 'no fault' evictions be enough to address this?

Parents and staff warn of post-Covid nursery placement shortage

Campaigners face uphill battle to save two BS5 pubs from redevelopment

Image of Simon Holmes, head teacher at St Philips Marsh Nursery School (credit: Aphra Evans)

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Bristol’s nursery schools battle to stay afloat as government proposals offer lifeline

Bristol's 12 council-funded nurseries, which play a vital role in reducing inequalities among young children, aren't sustainable due to years of underfunding.

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Campaigners welcome plans to ban no-fault evictions but warn renters may still need more protection

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Imperial Apartments landlord misled council over tiny flats used to house homeless families

Would a database that names and shames rogue landlords help protect renters?

London renters can access a searchable database of enforcement actions against landlords. Could something similar help people navigate the minefield of finding somewhere to live in Bristol?

MP urges council to stop housing families at Imperial Apartments, as documents reveal concerns over ‘incompetent’ security

Documents seen by the Cable confirm issues reported by residents at the controversial South Bristol apartment block.

A year after opening, some residents fear for their safety at controversial south Bristol flats

Imperial Apartments, a converted Hengrove office block where many flats do not meet space standards, was opened in 2020 to private renters and people facing homelessness. There are serious concerns about conditions there – but with Bristol’s bleak rental market cutting off housing options, some s...

Respite rooms offer a vital breathing space to women facing abuse and homelessness

Women experiencing violence or domestic abuse in conjunction with homelessness and other traumas have long been at risk of slipping through gaps between services. A new project aims to make sure that doesn’t happen.

‘It’s been a nightmare’: Bristol’s foodbanks sound warning over food and fuel shortages

While the government calls in the army to deliver fuel and tries to lure overseas HGV drivers to the UK, some of the city's most vital support services have been facing disruption just as a benefit boost and the furlough scheme end.

‘Covid meant I didn’t have a job any more’: dozens of Bristolians face eviction after pandemic ban lifts

Hundreds of people across the country have lost their homes in hearings lasting just 10 minutes, an investigation has found. In most cases, judges couldn’t take Covid-related hardship into account.