Work and Health: How Bristol’s drug problem is affecting employment

Twice as many Bristolians are being admitted to hospital for drug misuse than the national average, according to NHS data.  Among its many side-effects, this is believed to be impacting Bristol’s employment rates. Public Health England recognises substance misuse as a long term health condition which can contribute to the barriers preventing people from accessing […]

West of England metro mayor candidates confirmed

Six candidates have been confirmed to be running for election on Thursday 4 May, hoping to become the West of England’s first ever metro mayor. The ballot paper will feature candidates from Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and UKIP as well as an independent. The post will see powers, including transport and investment, be […]

#WeStandTogether – Bristol reacts to Westminster Terror Attack

Over this weekend, a number of vigils will be held to honour the lives of those lost during the terror attack at Westminster. On Friday evening, MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) Community has planned to hold a nationwide Unity Vigil against Hatred and Division.  In Bristol, this will take place outside Primark, Broadmead at 17.30. Bristol […]

EXCLUSIVE: Is Colston Hall about to change its name?

The controversy surrounding Colston Hall is nothing new.  But now that official discussions surrounding its name are scheduled to take place, the debate is heating up again. Built on the site of a sugar refinery in Bristol city centre, the venue has divided the population for years. For example, Massive Attack have been public in their opposition to […]

‘Godfather of slavery’ – should Bristol still honour Edward Colston?

Bristol academics and business leaders are urging people to recognise the role politician Edward Colston had in the slave trade, as the city celebrates Black History month. Edward Colston (1636-1721) was a celebrated philanthropist and politician who used his wealth to help found schools, hospitals and almshouses across Bristol.  Over the past century however records […]