William Eichler 09 February 2017

Bristol mayor vows to get a grip on city’s finances

Bristol mayor vows to get a grip on city’s finances  image

Bristol’s mayor has vowed to get the city’s finances under control after a report criticised the council for a ‘collective failure of leadership’ in achieving past savings.

The report, written by former Audit Commission chief executive Steve Bundred, found the city’s financial problems were the result of Whitehall’s austerity measures, legislative changes and increasing demand on services.

However, it also noted there had been a collective failure of leadership in achieving past savings and accepting challenging cuts early enough. It said there had been an unwillingness to accept ‘bad news’ and weaknesses in skills, reporting and governance.

Despite these criticisms, the study acknowledged the council had taken steps recently to make improvements, with regular and stronger financial reporting, more involvement of elected members and changes in senior management.

For this reason, it said the public could be confident in the council’s proposed budget plans for 2017/18.

‘I inherited a deeply troubling financial challenge and promised this independent report to help us understand the causes and how we could put things right,’ said Mayor Rees.

‘We are undoubtedly making fast and strong progress already. We know where there are issues and are already putting many of the fixes in place.’

‘This report proves that our current approach to making savings, whilst very difficult, is absolutely necessary and that we have improved political oversight of our work,’ he added.

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Youth Worker

Camden London Borough Council
£26,437 + £3,253 Inner London Allowance Pro Rata
Are you an experienced and passionate Youth Worker looking to make a real difference to the lives of young people in Camden? Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Tree Officer

Camden London Borough Council
We are looking for an experienced arboricultural professional to join a busy Tree Section working with the most up to... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Adults Social Workers - Basildon

Essex County Council
Working to support adults and their families, who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminishe England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Engineer

Lincolnshire County Council
£35,745 - £39,880
Are you an experienced Engineer looking for a new challenge? Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Systems Development Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£27,741 - £30,451
Are you passionate about technology and systems development? Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue