‘The end of the mask mandate threatens Bristol’s young and vulnerable’
Masks coming off from ‘freedom day’ is going to restrict people’s movement around the city on Bristol’s buses.
Bristol council and organisations demand equal vaccine access and end to healthcare ‘hostile environment’ for migrants
The national campaign says a recent government announcement isn't enough to protect individuals and help the wider effort to tackle coronavirus.
Council will have to make spending cuts, as cost of Covid-19 passes £100 million
Bristol City Council has repeatedly called for more funding from central government, because the current level of support leaves a black hole of £86 million.
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.
Council forced to find alternative for rough sleepers as government scraps scheme
Homeless people in Bristol will be moved out of hotels, where they’d been placed to self-isolate, and into whatever housing the council can lay its...
You can’t stay home and safe when you’re sleeping rough
As Bristol Homelessness Action week comes to a close, we find out why people are still on the street almost two months after lockdown started. And ask: How might the pandemic change Bristol’s homelessness provision for the better?
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”.
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.