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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

A BID to force Bristol City Council to rethink its plans to privatise more of its home care service have failed.

Labour councillors proposed a motion at last nights full council meeting calling for the Liberal Democrat run authority to suspend the agreed changes to home care services and have another look at them.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

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.

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By Linda Tanner / L.Tanner@bepp.co.uk

Celebrated film director Ken Loach joined scores of home care workers in Bristol in their battle to save their jobs.

About 250 staff fear for their future if the city council goes ahead with planned changes to its care service.

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By Liz Webster / e.webster@bepp.co.uk

A SHIREHAMPTON lunch club which has been running for more than 13 years could be facing closure after having its funding cut

Every week a group of 25 pensioners are picked up and taken to The Ridge Community Centre, in Oaktree Court, for lunch and a chat. Many live alone and for some it is the only time they get out of the house.

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By Tom Moseley, Parliamentary Correspondent and Emily Koch / e.koch@bepp.co.uk

FORTY charities in Bristol are facing cuts of thousands of pounds, a new study has revealed.

The cash-strapped council has reduced funding for dozens of groups, with those affected including elderly and disabled people, community associations and ethnic minorities.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

Bristol’s Liberal Democrats have agreed to a series of concessions to opposition parties in order to keep control of the city council.

Here we look at what they have agreed, and what they haven’t.

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By Sam Rkaina,  Local Government Reporter

NEWLY re-elected city council leader Barbara Janke has pledged to “build on the success of the last two years” and continue to fight for Bristol.

Speaking at Tuesday’s annual council meeting, Mrs Janke said her colleagues would not turn their backs on their responsibilities.

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From Bristol Labour Party

Little can be done to soften the impact of massive cuts in Bristol – says Labour.

Following the local elections when the Labour Party won 13 of the 24 seats Labour councillors had hoped that the Lib Dems in Bristol might modify their cuts agenda – but far from it – they would not even budge on reducing the 30 per cent increase they made on the cost of meals on wheels.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter

BRISTOL East MP Kerry McCarthy met with disabled groups from the city ahead of protests against cuts.

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By Laura Dale

DOZENS of disabled people from Bristol travelled to London to take part in a protest against Government cuts.

The Hardest Hit march, held on the anniversary of the Coalition Government, began on Victoria Embankment yesterday before marching past the Houses of Parliament.

The Government plans to cut Disability Living Allowance (DLA), as well as cutting back on services, such as day care, transport and respite care services.

The march aimed to stop these cuts and appealed to the Government to improve the Work Capability Assessment so that those who cannot work are ensured Employment and Support Allowance support.

Andy Rickell, 48, the chief executive of The Vassall Centre Trust in Fishponds, arranged a group of people to travel together from Bristol for the protest.

The Vassall Centre is an organisation run and controlled by disabled people and committed to disabled people’s rights, particularly in employment.

Mr Rickell said: “It is rare that disabled people demonstrate at all, and certainly in these numbers.

“This is an important story about the need for a group in society which needs to get its voice heard if its quality of life is not to become even worse.”

A bus taking a group to London was provided by Bristol Dial-a-Ride and supported by the Vassall Centre Trust and the Bristol Disability Equality Forum.

Mr Rickell said that dozens of other disabled people from Bristol and the surrounding area, along with their friends and families, joined the group in London.

He expressed his concerns that disabled people were “at the bottom of the heap”.

“Many are in poverty already and because of these cuts they are now in danger of being even worse off,” he said. “By protesting, we know that the voices of disabled people will be heard.

“By marching, politicians take more note of you.”

Charities supporting disabled people say that in 2011, they and their families are estimated to be worse off by as much as £370 million.

The Hardest Hit protest was organised by the UK Disabled People’s Council and the Disability Benefits Consortium.

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