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Moving on: Bristol's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Sites set up during coronavirus offer hope for new understanding between Bristol’s vehicle-dwelling communities and the council

In the midst of the pandemic, Bristol council has created two new temporary sites for the city’s vehicle-dwellers. Insiders’ perspectives show just how beneficial providing land in this way is for these ever-diversifying communities.

Bristol nurseries ‘are being asked to run a bankruptcy model’ during coronavirus

Council will have to make spending cuts, as cost of Covid-19 passes £100 million

Coronavirus in Bristol

Under lockdown, social work has gone virtual. What happens when the real world comes back?

Child protection relies on face-to-face relationships and has been turned inside out by coronavirus. As lockdown eases, there are fears over what might come next.

Coronavirus in Bristol

Council forced to find alternative for rough sleepers as government scraps scheme

Scrutinising institutions

You can’t stay home and safe when you’re sleeping rough

Clifton care home loses third of residents during Covid-19 outbreak

Seven people with coronavirus symptoms have died at Carlton Mansions in Clifton, the Cable has been told.

Bristol prisoner dies while awaiting trial during coronavirus lockdown

Lawyers and campaigners are calling on the government to “show political courage and rapidly reduce the prison population to save lives”.

Council owned Bristol Energy put up for sale amid controversy

Opposition councillors are demanding a full inquiry into loss-making Bristol Energy after the city council put it up for sale.

Revealed: Bristol care workers speak out amid confusion and scramble for PPE during covid-19 outbreaks

New data reveals 60 care home residents have died from coronavirus in two weeks, but some homes with outbreaks haven't had more residents tested.

Mayor Rees calls for Government bailout to plug £82m blackhole

Mayor Marvin Rees is pleading with the Government for an NHS-style bailout for local authorities as he warned it will take Bristol years to recover from the coronavirus.

‘We need better data and more testing to avoid coronavirus deaths in our care homes’

New data reveals that nearly one in three of Bristol’s coronavirus deaths have taken place in care homes. Nick Lawrence, a Cable member who used to work in public health, is baffled by the lack of up-to-date data and the government’s testing strategy.

UPDATE: Housing association U-turn means Bristol Uni students spared £1,500 rent payment

First year students at the University of Bristol were told they had to pay rent despite the university closing down because their halls were run by a private provider.

Bristol’s NHS trusts scaling up critical care capacity while hospital admissions remain stable

Internal emails said one of Bristol’s hospital trusts had planned to triple capacity, but local NHS bosses have declined to reveal more detail on their preparations.

Sacked Bristol Uni temp workers to get coronavirus support after backlash

The university had been criticised for its decision to not enroll 84 temporary staff on the Government Job Retention Scheme. But staff are concerned that the move falls short of full protection.

Coronavirus testing finally announced for Bristol’s key workers, but more rises in deaths expected for weeks

In an in-depth interview, Bristol director of public health says the south west is responding well to the crisis despite criticisms of the UK’s handling of the outbreak.

Whose life to save? Investigating the ‘do not resuscitate’ form coronavirus controversy

After families spoke out about their loved ones being pressured into refusing treatment if they get COVID-19, Bristol healthcare workers say there's far more to the story.

Private Bristol student housing company refusing rent relief despite coronavirus exodus

Students in university-owned halls aren’t being charged if they’ve moved out, but a group of first-year students in privately owned halls have fallen through the cracks and may be forced to cough up £1,500.

Temporary coronavirus mortuary to open as council prepares for 'worst case scenario'

The new mortuary will increase Bristol City Council's capacity to deal with deceased people by two-thirds.

Under fire letting agents to propose rent reduction after 130 students go on strike

Digs letting agency admit email was “insensitive” and say they will speak to landlords about options, including 50% rent reduction.

Calls for Bristol Uni to U-turn on coronavirus sacking of 84 temp workers

Laid-off casual and temporary workers are calling on the University of Bristol to retain them on government job retention programme

Rough sleepers of Bristol and the search for a safe place amid coronavirus

Bristol City Council is trying to find 450 rooms to house everyone rough sleeping and in temporary accommodation so they can self-isolate during coronavirus.

A rent freeze could protect the 1 in 3 Bristolians who rent from coronavirus fallout

Temporary measures could see an eviction crisis unleashed once coronavirus is contained and business returns to usual

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