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Labour group resigns over budget

Helen Holland
Councillor Holland "fundamentally disagreed" with the amendments

The Labour leader of Bristol City Council, Helen Holland, has resigned in a dispute over a budget amendment.

Councillor Holland said as a minority administration it would not accept amendments which exposed council tax payers to "huge additional costs".

Liberal Democrat leader Barbara Janke has been proposed as the new council head until elections in June.

The Labour group resigned over Lib Dem plans to amend the waste budget which were backed by the Conservatives.

'Budget set'

"We were very prepared to take on board amendments to our budget [but] we really felt on a point of principle... [that] we fundamentally disagree with that policy," Ms Holland said.

Councillor Janke said there were a number of "outstanding issues" that needed to be tackled urgently.

"We are pleased a budget has been set, and will be seeking to put a Lib Dem administration into effect as soon as possible and set some priorities," she said.

The meeting did agree to the rise in council tax being set at 3.2% in the coming year - slightly lower than the expected rise of 3.5%.



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