Reports

Bristol councillors vote down Marvin Rees’ final budget after bad-tempered debate

The Greens came under fire for voting against Labour’s plans without providing alternative solutions. With councils going bankrupt elsewhere in the country, the stakes are high as Bristol prepares to ditch its mayoral system.

‘Stealth closures’ of libraries leave casual staff facing hardship and city with fewer warm spaces

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Watershed CEO Clare Reddington on cinema, class and council cuts

Reports

Bristol City Council is nearly skint: the local government financial crisis explained

The council’s budget black hole will rise to £32m in years to come. But as local authorities reach the brink of bankruptcy elsewhere in England, something needs to give.

Voices

Healing is a justice issue: how can we radicalise the voluntary sector, amid a perfect storm of cuts?

Image of campaigners with dentist Gaye Herford outside the BUPA practice in St Pauls, Bristol (credit: Alexander Turner)

Features

‘What the hell can people do?’ Looming St Paul’s dentist closure shines light on a national crisis

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

A cabinet decision to close East Bristol Intermediate Care Centre will put more than 25 jobs at risk, but the council argues that sufficient alternative services are available in the city.

Controversial plans to relocate Bristol’s Central Library scrapped after public outcry

The cost-saving proposal to relocate the library from College Green was met with strong opposition.

Time to play as Bristol launches plan

Work with under-11s was cut when the council cut its youth services budget by 30% last year, but Bristol’s organisations have come together to find...

Traveller kids are being “pushed out” says teacher

We talk to the Traveller teacher who’s watching her service disappear.

Revealed: Patients denied treatment by local NHS

GPs and clinical specialists are worried about patients being turned away because of local NHS policies.

Fighting fires and austerity

Catching up with the union that fights for the rights of those who fight fires.