Latest Public Sector News


Bristol City Council considers 4% tax hike to balance its budget

Bristol City Council is considering increasing council tax by up to 4% as the authority reveals it needs to save a further £6.1m in order to plug its budget.

The city council is trying to address its future budget challenges and has launched a consultation into how much more residents are willing to pay as part of its 2019-20 budget planning, ranging from 0% to 4%.

Every 1% rise in council tax would raise approximately £2m to support the delivery of the council’s services, and the authority warns it is trying to continue to deliver the services valued by Bristol residents but that if council tax isn’t increased then new savings would have to be found.

The option to raise taxes by 4% would include 1% dedicated to help pay for adult social care through the social care precept, paying for social care services for the city’s most vulnerable, and the council has urged residents to consider the implications of each option.

Bristol City Council had to submit proposals agreed in February to make £41.9m in savings over the next four years, and has already made a total savings of £276m since 2010.

Marvin Rees, Bristol’s mayor, said: “Over the past two years we have put a lot of work into getting a tighter grip on the council’s finances so we can make progress with vital improvements needed in the city; more homes, more opportunities for our young people, more school places and a cleaner, healthier Bristol.

“During that time, we have had to make some tough decisions about where we spend our budgets to meet the needs of residents without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

“Getting here has not been easy and many challenges posed by government austerity, rising costs and increasing demand for services still lie ahead.”

The six-week consultation will run from 6 November to 17 December, after which the full council will consider the feedback before making a decision at its budget setting meetings in January and February.

Craig Cheney, deputy mayor for finance and governance, said: “We are conscious of the impact that council tax increases could have on people, which is why the feedback we receive is important and will have an impact on the budget setting discussions yet to come.

"I urge everyone in the city to share their thoughts on the different options on the table by 17 December.”

Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Image credit - TheBristolNomad


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

02/09/2019Northern Powerhouse Partner aims to connect the North once again

In February this year, official Northern Powerhouse Partner, Cognitive Publishing, delivered EvoNorth 2019.  The two day event was designed to amplify and highlight futur... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >