It has been revealed after an investigation by the Liberal Democrats that Bristol City Council Chief Executive Nicola Yates has received £18,000 in addition to her £160,000 for her “spare time” work on Bristol Green Capital.Read more
Local Liberal Democrat councillors have identified that the true amount of profit expected to be made from the city's Residential Parking Zones (RPZs) will be close to a staggering three quarters of a million pounds this year.Read more
Local Liberal Democrats have warned Bristol is missing out on nearly £5 million of council services every year because of inaccurate council tax calculations.
Liberal Democrats launch petition for the release of Green Capital Accounts.Read more
Following former Bristol West Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams' open letter last week asking questions about where the green capital money has been spent and the less than informative reply from Bristol City Council Chief Executive Nicola Yates, Stephen has been forced to send a second letter with a list of detailed questions.Read more
Following concerns raised by local Liberal Democrats over the finances of the arms-length company called Bristol 2015 Ltd, which was set up by the Council to run the city's green capital year, former Bristol West Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams has been asking questions, in an open letter, about where the money has been spent.Read more
The world woke this morning to an early Christmas gift. Not a novelty knitted jumper or bottle of tipple, but something more poignant altogether. Unconventionally, the gift in question was not only immaterial, but universal, unquantifiable, and intergenerational: the prospect of a deal on climate change in Paris.
The final agreement includes a commitment to keeping temperature rises 'significantly below' 2C, with the aim of 1.5C as a target. Whilst 2 degrees may sound inconsequential, the difference between today's average global temperature and that during the last ice age is around 5 degrees. Our climate has never changed so rapidly, it's unequivocally due to human activity, and avoiding the problem could result in temperature rises of 5-6C by the end of a century. Ask a climate scientist to describe what a 5-degree-world would be like, and you might just wish that you hadn't.Read more
20,000 families in Bristol will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits.
Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government’s proposals.
The change will mean a total loss of £22,725,000 to families in the city, with the average family losing £750 a year.Read more
The Chair of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, Lib Dem Councillor Anthony Negus, has welcomed the u-turn by Mayor Ferguson today on library closures.
Cllr Anthony Negus (pictured, Lib Dem, Cotham) said:
“I welcome the news that there will be an equitable solution to keep open libraries throughout the city.
“At the scrutiny meeting, though, we continued to raise concerns about lack of information so the Mayor agreed to delay his final decision until September.Read more
The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Kay Barnard as their candidate to be the next Mayor of Bristol.