3% council tax rise - and higher parking fees too

January 21 2022

Parking charges are set to be hiked and 30-minute free stays at residents’ parking zones (RPZs) scrapped by Bristol City Council to help balance its budget.
Council tax will rise by three per cent from April, including one per cent for adult social care, under proposals revealed by mayor Marvin Rees and his deputy, Cllr Craig Cheney on January 10.
Managerial jobs at the authority will be cut and offices and buildings sold off, some of which Mr Rees admitted the organisation’s corporate leadership had “lost track of” over the years in exactly what it owns and how efficient or even essential they were.
The measures, along with other savings in how the council operates, will claw back a £19.5million deficit for 2022/23 to deliver a legally required balanced budget.
Council tenants’ rent will go up by the cost of inflation plus one per cent but there will be no cuts to frontline services, including libraries and children’s centres.
Details were published in papers in preparation for a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, January 18, where the Labour administration will formally agree its financial plans for the next five years.
But ahead of that, the authority has said higher parking fees would raise an extra £2.3million, along with £1million from bus shelter advertising.
The budget balances not only a £19.5million deficit for 2022/23 but a total of £33million over five years.
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter