The council has resolved to spend up to £115,000 on “immediate actions” to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit - including bolstering its civil protection unit. Civil protection units are responsible for ensuring local authorities are adequately prepared for, and able to respond to, incidents or disasters. Bristol City Council released a report in November assessing the threats it could face in the event the UK withdraws from the European Union without a deal. Now a senior manager at the local authority has approved the spending of £105,000 in government Brexit funding and up to £10,000 of council funding to deal with those threats. The council’s Brexit No-Deal Scenario Assessment report warned the main threats to the council would relate to the potential effects on the social care workforce and the council’s supply chain. A project team subsequently decided the “immediate actions required” should focus on “community … [Read more...] about The ‘immediate actions’ Bristol City Council is taking to prepare for Brexit
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Black and minority ethnic workers at Bristol City Council say it is harbouring a shocking, deep-rooted culture of institutional racism, a Bristol Live investigation can today reveal. Our detailed investigation - using the testimony of whistleblowers, leaked emails and reports - has uncovered a host of complaints of racist bullying or discrimination, the victims of which say have not been dealt with effectively by the council’s HR processes. Here, we tell the story of the council's response to the issue, and what Mayor Marvin Rees and deputy mayor Asher Craig are doing to tackle the problem. It was a damning report into a shocking crime. Labelling Bristol City Council as 'institutionally racist' a week before Christmas in 2017 was a serious condemnation. The finding was confined to the tragic, shocking case of Bijan Ebrahimi, who was murdered by a racist neighbour after years of complaining about being harassed by his neighbours. The report was that the way in which … [Read more...] about How Bristol City Council responded to claims it is institutionally racist
There were 68 separate planning applications that were validated by Bristol City Council in the past week - from Monday, January 21 onwards. They are all yet to be decided by council planners. Only a handful will end up being decided by councillors at the planning committee, the vast majority will be decided by officers using planning policy. The list below contains every planning application. The applications are listed by postcode area - so scroll down to check the ones in your neighbourhood this week. Each entry details what is being applied for and the reference number given to the application by council planners. You can comment on each application by visiting the Bristol City Council planning portal here, and typing or copy-and-pasting the reference number. The majority of planning applications submitted last week to Bristol City Council were applications to alter or chop down trees, but among the more major planning applications this week, include: Details of a 40-mile power … [Read more...] about Every planning application submitted to Bristol City Council this week
Fears of reprisals are deterring whistleblowers from reporting wrongdoing by colleagues at Bristol City Council, an annual review has found. A report to audit committee members said three out of five employees who lodged concerns about abuses at the authority were not satisfied with how their complaints were handled. Councillors heard the whistleblowing scheme needed improving to reassure staff that their reports of malpractice would be taken seriously and kept anonymous. A report summarising the findings, which included the results of a survey sent to 100 random employees, of which just 22 responded, presented at Monday’s (January 21) meeting, said: “Five whistleblowing reports have been received during 2018/19 to date. “Responses to the survey indicate that some staff have not reported concerns. “Reasons given for not reporting concerns were fear of reprisal, concern that nothing would be done or a lack of evidence to enable a report to be made. “Three … [Read more...] about ‘Fears of reprisals’ putting off Bristol City Council whistleblowers
There is a fly-tipping incident happening on average once every hour in Bristol, according to new data. The latest government figures revealed that there were 8,206 incidents of fly-tipping recorded in the city in 2017/18 - the equivalent of nearly one every hour. However, the data also shows that in many cases, Bristol City Council fails to take any action against fly-tippers. The council only took action of any kind - be it conducting an investigation, sending out warning letters, doling out fines or prosecuting someone - on a total of 2,474 occasions. It means that in at least 60 per cent of cases, fly-tippers are getting away with it completely - assuming that one action relates to a single incident of rubbish dumping. In total, Bristol council sent out 524 warning letters in 2017/18. While the cost of sending out warning letters is no longer recorded, the year before it was estimated that sending out 835 such letters amounted to £27,555. At the same time, the authority … [Read more...] about Is Bristol City Council doing enough when it comes to fly-tipping?