Bristol Green Party Logo

Wednesday, 28th Feb 2018

Green Group leader lobbies Treasury for end to local government cuts

Green Group leader Eleanor Combley today travelled to London to hand in a letter to the Treasury calling for an end to cuts to local government funding. The letter, signed by Green councillors and councillor candidates around England, highlights the warnings of the Local Government Association (LGA) “of real and growing uncertainty about how local services will be funded beyond 2020” and calls on the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP “to urgently provide local councils with the money they so clearly need to protect services and restore spending on community and frontline services to sustainable levels.” After years of local government cuts, essential frontline services are now threatened in local authorities across the UK – services such as adult social care, looked-after children, domestic abuse survivors, older people and low-income families in crisis.

Councillor Combley said:

“I would like to thank Caroline Lucas for supporting me to take the issue of local government funding all the way to the Treasury, alongside Green Councillors from other areas of the UK. It gave me the opportunity to raise issues affecting Bristol, such as the 30% cut to the budget for youth services voted through by Labour councillors last week. A perfect example of how austerity policies lack both economic and moral sense, this funding cut will end almost all youth work with under 11’s and remove open access sessions. These play an important preventive role, enabling play workers to get to know children well enough to keep them on the right track, and to spot problems before they get serious. Ending this work and limiting funding to targeted work means intervention only comes later, once problems pass a certain threshold, and is highly likely to increase future costs in other service areas.

“I could not vote for Bristol Labour’s austerity cuts budget, but I will do everything I can to reduce the impact of those cuts, whether by proposing helpful amendments to the budget, working behind the scenes in City Hall or taking the fight to Westminster as I have done today.”

Green Party co-Leader Caroline Lucas and Deputy Leader Amelia Womack were also there to support the hand-in. Caroline Lucas said:

“Our party is united in opposition to these planned cuts. Local authorities are already straining under the intense of pressure of year on year cuts and this further squeeze will put frontline services in the firing line. The Government can stop these cuts – and protect these essential local services – but that would mean ending their ideological love-affair with the failed austerity project. We are urging Philip Hammond to safeguard our vital local services from any further harm.”

Background:

-          In December 2017 the Local Government Association – which represents councillors of all parties as well as independents, criticised the government’s continued lack of action on local government funding, stating:

 “Local services are facing a £5.8 billion funding gap in 2019/20, as well as a £1.3 billion pressure to stabilise the adult social care provider market today. The additional council tax flexibility – estimated by our analysis to be worth up to £540 million in 2019/20 if all councils use it in both 2018/19 and 2019/20 – is nowhere near enough to meet the funding gap. The Government needs to provide new funding for all councils over the next few years so they can protect vital local services from further cutbacks."

"It is extremely disappointing that the Government has again chosen not to address the continuing funding gap for children’s and adult social care. We have repeatedly warned of the serious consequences of funding pressures facing these services, for both the people that rely on them and the financial sustainability of other services councils provide. An injection of new money from central government is the only way to protect the vital services which care for older and disabled people, protect children and support families.”

End Immigration Detention  these walls must fall

End Immigration Detention - these walls must fall

Green Councillors have submitted a motion to a coming Full Council meeting (11 December) supporting calls for an end to immigration detention in the UK. The motion, proposed by Green councillor Fi Hance and seconded by Labour councillor Ruth Pickersgill, calls on Bristol’s Mayor to endorse the ‘These Walls Must Fall’ Campaign (1), lobby the UK government, and work with local MPs and other councils to push for changes in immigration law and alternatives to detention.(2)

Cuts still hitting the poorest despite Mayors warm words

Cuts still hitting the poorest despite Mayor’s warm words

Green Mayoral Candidate, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, has responded to the news that Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, has today joined a nationwide warning that ‘councils have reached breaking point’ over funding cuts

Greens demands for the COP24 negotiations

Greens demands for the COP24 negotiations

This December government leaders will gather in Katowice, Poland for the COP24 climate summit, where all countries of the world, including EU Member States, must commit to put forward higher 2030 climate targets by 2020. To stay below 1.5°C, as indicated in the landmark IPCC report, the EU needs to commit to significantly increase both its long-term and 2030 targets.

Bristol can become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change

Bristol can "become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change"

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has said the South West region can become a beacon to the world on how to tackle climate change as well as showcasing the economic gains to be had from doing so. The region’s MEP has made the claim as negotiators from around the globe meet in Poland to discuss action on climate change and how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement which aims to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Bristols Green MEP challenges charitable status of rightwing think tanks

Bristol's Green MEP challenges charitable status of right-wing think tanks

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has written to the Charity Commission to challenge the charitable status granted to a series of far-right think tanks. The challenge comes in the wake of the concession by one such organisation, the Taxpayers Alliance, that it had unfairly dismissed and smeared Brexit whistleblower Shahmir Sanni.

Buses are a right  not a privilege says Sandy HoreRuthven

Buses are a right – not a privilege, says Sandy Hore-Ruthven

A good bus service means people can get where they need to go, when they need to go. The ability to travel should not be based on your income or where you live.

Lack of affordable housing unacceptable

Lack of affordable housing unacceptable

Lack of affordable housing “completely unacceptable” – Green Councillor calls in Bedminster development plans

Its time for a Peoples Vote Bristols Green MEP responds to Withdrawal Agreement

"It's time for a People's Vote" Bristol's Green MEP responds to Withdrawal Agreement

People voted neither for no deal or a dodgy deal. It’s time for the real deal – a vote on the reality of Brexit compared with remaining in the EU. It’s time for a People’s Vote

Greens declare a Climate Emergency and bring Bristols CO2 emissions target forwards 20 years

Greens declare a Climate Emergency and bring Bristol’s CO2 emissions target forwards 20 years

A Green party motion calling on the Mayor of Bristol to declare a climate emergency and bring the city’s carbon neutrality target forward by 20 years (to 2030) passed in a Full Council meeting this evening, committing Bristol to the most ambitious climate change target out of all UK Core Cities.

Greens challenge Mayor on support for Tall Buildings

Greens challenge Mayor on support for Tall Buildings

Green councillors have raised concerns about the Labour Mayor’s support for high rise buildings

Greens call on Mayor declare a Climate Emergency

Greens call on Mayor: declare a Climate Emergency

Green councillors in Bristol are calling on the city’s Mayor to declare a Climate Emergency and bring forward Bristol’s carbon neutrality target, in a motion submitted to Full Council next week.

Time to kick plastic addiction as Green petition to be debated by Council

Time to kick plastic addiction as Green petition to be debated by Council

Thousands of people across Bristol have signed a petition to get rid of unnecessary disposable plastics started by Green Councillor Martin Fodor. The petition has received so much support that it will be debated by all councillors at Full Council. It will also receive a response from the Mayor. The petition calls on the Mayor to take all practical steps to eliminating wasteful plastic across Bristol and has been supported by plastics campaigners across the city. Greens have been campaigning for Bristol to become single-use plastic free for many years, tabling a motion on this in both 2015 and 2016.

Green response to 2018 budget

Green response to 2018 budget

Responding to the 2018 budget, Bristol's Green MEP and party finance spokesperson, Molly Scott Cato MEP, said: “Greens said that this must be an emergency budget for the climate and that it would fail if a single pound was spent on climate wrecking projects [1].

Response to Mayors State of the City speech

Response to Mayor's 'State of the City' speech

Bristol's Green Mayoral Candidate responds to the Labour Mayor's unambitious 'State of the City' annual speech.

Green Councillors support Vision for future of Bristols parks

Green Councillors support Vision for future of Bristol’s parks

Green Councillors have endorsed the Parks Forum’s vision for the future of Bristol's Parks, and suggested some additional points.

Greens call for Review of Bristols HouseBuilding Plans

Greens call for Review of Bristol’s House-Building Plans

Sandy Hore-Ruthven, Green Party candidate for Mayor of Bristol is calling for the Mayor to announce a review of Bristol’s Housing strategy at his State of the City Speech [1] on Wednesday following the government’s announced intention to lift the borrowing cap for local authorities [2]. The cap currently dramatically limits councils from borrowing against their own existing housing stock to build new properties.

Green Councillors support calls to end immigration detention

Green Councillors support calls to end immigration detention

In 2017, 27,000 people entered indefinite immigration detention in the UK, many of them from Bristol.

Green Councillors oppose government plans to fast track fracking

Green Councillors oppose government plans to fast track fracking

Green and independent Councillors from across the West of England signed a response to the government’s twin consultations on fracking and fracking exploration at a demo in Bristol on Tuesday 9 October, urging the government to back down from its plan to make controversial fracking developments harder to challenge under planning law.

Greens call for caution on tall buildings  response to Urban Living consultation

Greens call for caution on tall buildings - response to Urban Living consultation

Green Councillors support high quality, denser developments to accommodate people and create communities but are concerned Bristol Council could lose sight of the downsides in its enthusiasm for tall buildings

Setting the record straight  the Lord Mayors car

Setting the record straight – the Lord Mayor’s car

Green councillors have expressed their disappointment with the tactics of Bristol’s Labour group after an ‘anonymous Labour source’ falsely claimed to the Bristol Post that Green Lord Mayor Cleo Lake had “demanded the purchase of one of the most expensive cars in the world”.

Bristol shoppers join worldwide campaign returning unnecessary plastic to supermarkets

Bristol shoppers join worldwide campaign returning unnecessary plastic to supermarkets

This weekend Bristol shoppers and Greens joined campaigners from around the world in ‘plastic attacks’ to hand back their unneeded single use plastics to supermarkets across Bristol.

Letter Bristol Cllrs must vote against the proposed airport expansion

Letter: Bristol Cllrs must vote against the proposed airport expansion

We can all do our bit to help reduce the impact of climate change by choosing to walk and cycle more or fly less, but only politicians can make the big decisions that will decide whether our planet blossoms or burns. It is time they start treating climate change as the global emergency that it is.

Arena decision Why are we letting austerity dictate how our city should grow

Arena decision: Why are we letting austerity dictate how our city should grow?

You can’t shrink to greatness! But with the arena decision at cabinet last week that is what it feels like Bristol has done.

Bristol Greens to attend RiseForClimate rally in Bristol  8th September

Bristol Greens to attend #RiseForClimate rally in Bristol – 8th September

Alongside organisations in Bristol and in cities around the world, Bristol Green Party members and elected representatives will be demanding urgent action on climate change by taking part in the #RiseForClimate rally in Bristol on 8th September.

Green Group Leader Mayors arena decision shows contempt for democracy

Green Group Leader: Mayor's arena decision shows contempt for democracy

The day after he voted for a council motion supporting a Temple Meads location for Bristol's Arena, the city's Labour Mayor has scrapped the project altogether in a Cabinet meeting.

Opinion Bristol wants the arena on Arena Island

Opinion: Bristol wants the arena on Arena Island

Bristol Green Party's Deputy Coordinator writes for 24/7 about why the Mayor should listen and build the Arena on Arena Island.

Mayor should abide by council vote for Arena location

Mayor should ‘abide by’ council vote for Arena location

A majority of cross-party councillors have taken the unusual step of calling an extraordinary Council meeting to vote on the location of Bristol’s Arena, and demanding that the Mayor ‘abides by’ the decision made. The Arena’s future was due to be decided by the Mayor on Sept 4th. However, amid growing accusations that the Mayor’s decision may be biased (1), councillors have called for a free vote. The letter to the Mayor includes signatures from a majority of councillors, including signatures from all four political parties.

Listen Again to Molly Scott Catos speech at Bristols Peoples Vote rally

Listen Again to Molly Scott Cato's speech at Bristol's People's Vote rally

Why Arena island is still the best location for Bristols Arena

Why Arena island is still the best location for Bristol's Arena

The Mayor’s own Value for Money study showed that the arena will pay for itself, will add no burden to the public purse, will not impact on council services and will leave the city with a significant asset. The Mayor has acknowledged on a number of occasions, and most recently on BBC Points West last Thursday, that an arena at Temple Island would be affordable for the city.

5m cuts to special needs budget hidden from Council

£5m cuts to special needs budget 'hidden' from Council

Bristol’s cabinet member for education and skills has been accused of misleading the council by hiding concerns around £5m of cuts to a special needs budget. A High Court judge has ruled that Bristol City Council did not properly consult over the cuts to the high needs block. Clive Stevens, Green councillor for Clifton Down, said: “It’s important that lessons are learned. The 2016 Bundred Review highlighted the need for councillors to be given clear information, but here in 2018 we had a £5m cut which was simply not shown in the budget papers." For the full article please see here>>

We use cookies on our website to improve your experience, by using our website you accept the use of these cookies. Read More Close