A year later than planned, Bristol is about to go to the polls to elect the city’s mayor, local councillors, as well as the police and crime commissioner and the mayor for the West of England. As the city re-emerges tentatively from the pandemic, we face big questions. How do we recover from the impact of Covid-19? How do we make housing more affordable? How can we become a carbon neutral city by 2030?
In this local election special, we explain what is up for grabs and the key issues at play. But if you’re no expert on local politics (not many people are) we’ve also got the basics covered: What does a councillor actually do? How does the voting system work? What on earth is WECA?
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The Cable team