By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 100 people turned out to protest against cuts being made by Bristol City Council to a range of services.
A number of groups took part in the gathering outside the Council House ahead of the authority’s monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
But as they used megaphones to criticise cuts to home care, services for deaf people and young people, most councillors were sat inside the council chamber praising each other during a ceremony to appoint three ex-councillors as honorary aldermen.
Staff from Trinity day care centre were among the protesters concerned about cuts to their funding.
Spokesman Ian Hodgkinson was among dozens of concerned residents who spoke out against the cuts in a series of statements to councillors.
Public speaking time had to be extended from 30 minutes to two hours to accommodate them all.
Mr Hodgkinson is concerned about the introduction of personal care budgets for the elderly, which will see often vulnerable people having to decide for themselves how to spend money on their care in a bid to cut costs.
He said: “It’s my firm belief, backed up by an overwhelming level of public support, that applying the concept of personal budgets for the elderly is unwanted and unwelcome. I call upon the council to seriously think again about pursuing personal care budgets for the elderly.”