Figures released this morning show that of the 597 homeless deaths in 2017, Bristol is the third worst affected with 17 deaths in the year, averaging over one death a month.
Bristol, as a local authority, was beaten by only Manchester and Birmingham. It marks a steady increase in recorded homeless deaths in Bristol, up from 13 in 2014. The figures have shown a disproportionate amount of deaths in urban areas.
Bristol Lib Dems propose a £40m change to Mayor’s budget, prioritising public transport and cutting congestion and air pollution.
The Mayor’s budget faces several amendments but the boldest is the one from the Liberal Democrats, looking to invest nearly £40M extra into measures to improve sustainable transport, reduce congestion and cut air pollution in Bristol.
A report has uncovered that Avon & Somerset are using controversial predictive policing measures including predictive mapping and individual risk assessment programmes.
The controversial mapping programmes evaluate police data about past crimes and identify "hot spots" of high risk on a map. Police officers are then directed to patrol these areas - which are often communities already experiencing a disproportionate amount of police interventions to the level of crime in that area.
The use of mapping has been criticised as it perpetuates pre-existing patterns of discrimination. For example, people from BAME communities are disproportionately more likely to be arrested, leading the programme to wrongly assume that the areas in which people from BAME communities live or spend time in are areas where there is more crime.
Today, the boss of Airbus criticised the government’s handling of Brexit as a “disgrace” which meant it still couldn’t plan properly, even with just two months to go. In addition, he warned that Airbus might have to take decisions with the potential to be “very harmful” for the UK.
Help Bristol’s Homeless have given their backing to the campaign to provide housing and end of life care to homeless people who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses.
Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey presented his Ten-minute rule bill in 2018 on the issue and is due to have its second reading on Friday. The bill will make provisions about end of life care and support for homeless people with terminal illnesses, including through the provision of housing for such people; and for connected purposes, support which is currently inaccessible.
Following tonight's overwhelming defeat of the government's Brexit bill, James Cox, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West, said:
"Parliament has delivered its verdict on the Brexit deal and it is overwhelming. This deal is wrong for Bristol and wrong for Britain.
Bristol Liberal Democrats have criticised the City Council's handling of Bristol Energy, after the community energy company posted over £11million in loses for 2018.
Whilst the idea was conceived in 2010 under the Liberal Democrat administration, due to implementation delays under the Ferguson administration it was launched to much fanfare in 2016 by Mayor Rees. The company is funded by taxpayers and has yet to place a profit.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died, aged 77, following a short spell with cancer.
The Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has today announced its intentions to introduce nationwide weekly food waste collections.
The move follows the example of several local authorities, such as Bristol, as a means to increase recycling rates and reduce landfill emissions.
Govt immigration plan 'threatens the heart of Bristol'
The Home Secretary has announced his intentions to cut the number of EU nationals migrating to the UK by 80% as part of the government's post-Brexit immigration shake-up.
The move has been heavily criticised as an extension of the controversial 'hostile environment' toward migrants. The government is expected to publish its long-awaited immigration white paper by the end of the year, which is already set to include a new minimum salary of £30,000 a year.