Council Leader Barbara Janke said: “Last year Bristol City Council found that with skill and good planning we were able to make £28 million of savings without having to slash back frontline services, as many authorities felt obliged to do, and without having to make large numbers of staff redundant.
“This year, with a net figure of around another £21 million in savings to find, the task has been harder. The council is slimmer and leaner than it was before. It is changing and, we hope, becoming more responsive to the needs of the people of Bristol. The change will continue. For next year the largest cut – around £8 million – has been in the council’s central organisation.
“In an uncertain world, though, we know we have to provide stability, where this is possible. For a second year running, we will be freezing council tax. This will be good news to the many elderly pensioners and families on low incomes who face enough challenges to their own budgets without facing a council tax hike.
“However, large numbers of vulnerable people in Bristol are dependent on our services. The proposals seek to protect services wherever possible – even though this may sometimes mean a change in the way services are provided. Nowhere is this more the case than in the areas of social care and children and young people’s services, where society’s needs and government policy are forcing the pace of change.”
This detailed set of proposals is among the first published by any local authority in the UK this year. This allows for consultation ahead of final proposals being published in mid January, for recommendation by the Cabinet on 26th January, and decision by full Council on 28th February.