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Bristol Green Party guide to completing the Council consultations

This summer the Council has several consultations running about proposed cuts to services including libraries, public toilets, services for people with learning disabilities and mental ill health, Neighbourhood Partnerships, and council tax relief for the very poorest households in the city.

It is vital that as many people as possible complete these consultations to show the Mayor how they feel, and explain what they would like to see instead. The consultations close 5th September.

Bristol Green Party has produced a guide to completing the consultations, which you can download here:

Microsoft Word version: BGP_consultation_guide.docx

PDF version: BGP_consultation_guide.pdf

The consultations are here:

‘Neighbourhood’ Consultation and ‘Supporting People’ budgets Consultation

Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2018/19

Council Tax consultation immoral and probably illegal say Greens

Council Tax consultation immoral and probably illegal, say Greens

The Bristol Green Group of councillors have today called on the Mayor to re-examine the Council’s ongoing consultation on cuts to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme as they believe it may be illegal.

Greens fight back over Mayors MetroBus comments

Greens fight back over Mayor's MetroBus comments

Green councillors have challenged the Mayor over comments made during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, when he implied that responsibility for the project’s cost increases lay with Councillor Charlie Bolton.

Green councillor challenges Broadmead parking expansion

Green councillor challenges Broadmead parking expansion

At a City Hall cabinet meeting today Councillor Jerome Thomas raised concerns about the environmental and health impacts of the proposed expansion of Cabot Circus at Broadmead, which could include hundreds of additional new car parking spaces.

Setting the record straight on Mayors protest

Setting the record straight on Mayor’s protest

Bristol Post letters section: Green Group leader Eleanor Combley challenges coverage of the Core Cities approach to central government.

Bristol report shows UK rush to incinerate will undermine recycling

Bristol report shows UK rush to incinerate will undermine recycling

A new report from Bristol based consultancy firm Eunomia has predicted that the UK’s rush to build incinerators will result in over capacity that will undermine recycling

Diesel cars responsible for 40 of NO2 air pollution in Bristol city centre

Diesel cars responsible for 40% of NO2 air pollution in Bristol city centre

Today Bristol City Council released a Cabinet Report on air quality that highlights the extent and concentration of air pollution across Bristol, with Nitrogen Dioxide levels recorded at twice the legal limit in some areas of the city centre. This follows months of work by Green councillors who passed a successful Full Council motion calling for action on clean air in November 2016.

Councillor Cleo Lake Avon Fire Authority statement

Councillor Cleo Lake: Avon Fire Authority statement

In her first statement as a new member, Councillor Cleo Lake addressed the recent events at Avon Fire Authority

Bristol Green Party guide to completing the Council consultations

Bristol Green Party guide to completing the Council consultations

The Council has several consultations running about proposed cuts to services including libraries, public toilets, services for people with learning disabilities and mental ill health, Neighbourhood Partnerships, and council tax relief for the very poorest households in the city.

Diesel generator in Bristol rejected due to air pollution concerns

Diesel generator in Bristol rejected due to air pollution concerns

A diesel generator planned for St Philips in Bristol has once again been rejected, this time on appeal. The decision comes after campaigning by local residents and months of campaigning by the local Green Party about the illegal and unsafe levels of air pollution in the city. The opposition to the proposed diesel power plant, which was to be built just a few hundred meters from a primary school, was a key component to the campaigns

Has Gove been reading Greens Agriculture and Brexit report

Has Gove been reading Green's Agriculture and Brexit report?

Molly, who sits on the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, has welcomed Michael Gove’s pledge to deliver a “Green Brexit”. She said: “It’s a moment to celebrate the extraordinary: Greens agree with Michael Gove. I’m left wondering if he has been reading the reports I commissioned on how we can create a more sustainable farming system?"

Green MEP calls on Bristols Labour MPs to back referendum on Brexit deal

Green MEP calls on Bristol's Labour MPs to back referendum on Brexit deal

Molly has called on the South West’s Labour MPs to back a ratification referendum on the final Brexit deal. The call comes following a recent survey which shows a majority of Labour members support the idea, and the increasingly vocal support for remaining in the EU from the region’s Labour MPs.

Green councillors question financial logic of cuts to tree maintenance

Green councillors question financial logic of cuts to tree maintenance

Green councillors highlight the hidden costs of cutting tree maintenance.

Listen to Labour members on Brexit Green MEP urges Jeremy Corbyn

Listen to Labour members on Brexit, Green MEP urges Jeremy Corbyn

New research shows a majority of Labour members want to remain in the Single Market, and support the idea of a referendum on the final Brexit deal. Bristol's Green MEP is urging the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to listen to his membership.

Votes at 16 Bristol Greens give Youth Parliament policy a boost

Votes at 16: Bristol Greens give Youth Parliament policy a boost

Green Councillors today urged the council to actively promote and work towards Votes at 16, submitting a motion to Full Council that called on the Mayor to ask central government to allow Bristol to trial voting in council elections for 16-17 year olds.

Green Cabinet member leads on Clean Air for Bristol

Green Cabinet member leads on Clean Air for Bristol

8 months on from a successful Green-led City Council motion on air quality, Green councillors welcomed the Mayor’s report back on the council’s progress towards a Clean Air Zone.

Green Councillor calls for curb on pavement parking

Green Councillor calls for curb on pavement parking

Greens slam Tories and Labour for using Brexit as a weapon to fight internal battles

Greens slam Tories and Labour for using Brexit ‘as a weapon to fight internal battles’

Molly Scott Cato MEP, Green Party speaker on Brexit, has accused Conservatives and Labour of using Brexit ‘as a weapon with which to fight internal Party battles’. The accusation comers as the Brexit secretary, David Davis, meets the chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, to begin the first full round of Brexit negotiations and follows a series of briefings over the weekend suggesting a cabinet ‘at war’

Bristols MEP warns of meltdown in regions finance sector post Brexit

Bristol's MEP warns of ‘meltdown’ in region’s finance sector post Brexit

Jobs in the finance sector face meltdown in the South West, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato has warned. She has raised the alarm as JP Morgan, the Wall Street bank, announces that 16,000 jobs

Green MEPs tackle throwaway culture

Green MEPs tackle throw-away culture

The European Parliament has this week backed a Green initiative which aims to extend the life of consumer products.

Hinkley could force higher electricity prices warns Green MEP

Hinkley could force higher electricity prices, warns Green MEP

Soaring costs and further delays to Hinkley could lower financial returns for EDF and result in consumers being ‘arm-twisted’ into paying even higher prices, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has warned.

Tories must match EU tax standards says Bristols Green MEP

Tories must match EU tax standards says Bristol's Green MEP

The UK Government must match EU on tax transparency, says Green Party finance speaker as MEPs vote in favour of country-by-country reporting

Bristols Green MEP challenges Michael Gove to protect bees postBrexit

Bristol's Green MEP challenges Michael Gove to protect bees post-Brexit

Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP, who sits on the European Parliament’s Agriculture committee, has challenged environment secretary Michael Gove to continue an EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides after Brexit.

Greens demand Bristol Council reveal emergency plan for Hinkley nuclear incident

Greens demand Bristol Council reveal emergency plan for Hinkley nuclear incident

Molly Scott Cato MEP has written to 15 local authorities, including Bristol, asking what plans they have in place to deal with an emergency nuclear incident at Hinkley.

Green councillors call on Mayor to show liberating leadership

Green councillors call on Mayor to show liberating leadership

In a full council session this evening Bristol Greens criticised the administration for failing to properly implement important recommendations from its own report on governance, while cutting costs by withdrawing support from overburdened community groups and volunteers.

Hinkley risky and expensive says National Audit Office

Hinkley ‘risky and expensive’ says National Audit Office

Responding to today’s report from the National Audit Office that says the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s deal for Hinkley Point C has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits, Molly, who is MEP for the region in which the nuclear power station is to be built, said: “The NAO report confirms what critics have been saying about Hinkley for years. The whole project has been ideologically driven and is economically illiterate. With the price of renewables falling rapidly the deal can no longer pass the government’s own value-for-money test and will burden a generation of consumers and businesses with excessive electricity prices. The Green Party stands by our manifesto commitment to cancel this risky and uneconomic project.

Job Bristols Green MEP recruiting Brussels Assistant with focus on agriculture

Job: Bristol's Green MEP recruiting Brussels Assistant with focus on agriculture

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, is recruiting an Assistant to be based in her Brussels office to have a particular focus on agriculture.

Letter A democratic Brexit can only be achieved with crossparty consensus

Letter: A democratic Brexit can only be achieved with cross-party consensus

Writing in the Guardian, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, said, "If the general election really was about Brexit it is depressing that 84% of voters voted for the impossible. Labour has followed the Tories to the Mad Hatter’s tea party where they squabble over the single market but all hope to have their cake and eat it."

On National Clean Air Day Greens eagerly await Mayors progress report

On National Clean Air Day, Greens eagerly await Mayor’s progress report

Green councillors in Bristol today welcome the UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day. It is vital to recognise the importance of clean, breathable air to everyone’s health and wellbeing - air pollution is rapidly becoming known as a silent killer.

Bristols Green MEP challenges Gove over climate targets

Bristol's Green MEP challenges Gove over climate targets

Molly Scott Cato has challenged the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to match or better binding EU targets for tackling climate change once the UK leaves the EU

Ending freedom of movement could result in meltdown of health care

Ending freedom of movement could result in ‘meltdown’ of health care

Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP has said Conservative and Labour plans to end free movement will leave the country struggling to fill places in the HNS and care sectors.

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