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.

Participatory budgeting image

Participatory budgeting

Evgeny Barkov explains what participatory budgeting means and how it can reveal what citizens need.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Graduate Programme - Project Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£25,295 per annum
Looking for talented individuals who have recently graduated to join our Graduate Development Programme working jointly for... London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Safeguarding Children's Manager (Service Manager) – Independent Reviewing Service

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£58,810 - £72,211 per annum
The successful candidate will also ensure effective performance management of the service to ensure improved outcomes for children and young people. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Personal Advisor

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£27,690 to £33,554 per annum
Would you like to improve the outcomes for young people who have been in care? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Social Worker - Children with Disabilities

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award and been awarded 'Out England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Workers x 2 - CIC - Basildon

Essex County Council
£30906.0 - £42254.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent Registration with Social Work England as Registered Social Worker Demonstrate ability in the application of SW knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex 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