Bristol worst for homelessness in South West says Shelter

For the first time Shelter has released figures to show the true scale of homelessness in England – and Bristol was named the worst in the South West. According to the report, there are 255,000 sleeping rough or are in temporary accommodation in England, and 2,282 are homeless in Bristol. This represents one in every 199 […]

Mayor accuses government of “punching holes” in local councils

Mayor Marvin Rees has responded to Wednesday’s autumn statement with a strongly worded attack on the government’s budget cuts and wider policies towards local government.  Whilst recognising Brexit has left the government with difficult choices, he warns that “if the government wants a ‘watertight’ UK economy it needs to stop punching holes in local government’s hull.” The […]

Letting agent: proposed fee ban could mean rent hikes

Steve Harris, founder of Bristol letting agency Abode Property Management, says the fees ban proposed by the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement will lead to a hike in rents. The Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the government’s intention to, “ban fees to tenants as soon as possible,” calling the practice of charging tenants high letting fees, […]

Clean air petition to be presented to mayor

A petition to improve the quality of the air in Bristol is to be presented to Mayor Marvin Rees at a council meeting on Tuesday. The petition has been created in response to information from the World Health Organisation that the air pollution in Bristol is above recommended limits. After just nine days, it has been signed […]

Marvin Rees: ‘Many women in Bristol are still living in fear’

Victims of domestic abuse and violence in Bristol are to get up to seven new safe houses as part of an initiative by the Safer Bristol Partnership. The houses, which can hold up to 38 families, will also include a dedicated house for black and ethnic minority women and children. Next Link, who are providing the service, […]

Desperate families rehomed in Bristol’s empty properties

Families in desperate need of housing are to be rehomed temporarily in empty properties. A collaboration between Bristol City Council and charitable organisation Bristol Together has pledged to repair 20 properties currently out of use to make them fit for families.  The partnership aims to prevent people ending up on the streets and relies on council […]

Bristol housing shortage pushes up house prices

“A failure to build enough houses” in Bristol has led to a rise in house prices, according to a recent study from Resolution Foundation. The West of England is considered the most successful city region for living standards, however the house prices are growing faster than any other city in the UK, outperforming London, according to a study from […]

Bristol Sorting Office: Petition against demolition

A petition calling for the Council to reconsider the demolition of the former Sorting Office by Temple Meads is only 42 signatures away from its target of 600. Ben Moss, who launched the petition, is opposed to the demolition, and wants the building to be used for the benefit of the Bristol community. The petition asks for […]

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