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Bristol City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. For further information please refer to SWCPP.org.uk for safer recruitment guidance

The City Council's vision for the future of Bristol is of:

  • A city that realises its full potential and exerts influence appropriate to its status at a regional, national and European level
  • A modern, cosmopolitan, ambitious city at the heart of a prosperous and confident area that is the gateway to the South West
  • A diverse and accessible city made up of vibrant and balanced communities where everyone is valued and can thrive economically, culturally and socially
  • A safe city that promotes health, learning and sustainable development
  • A city where no-one is disadvantaged

As we seek to realise this vision, we will strive to:

  • Meet local people's needs in a responsive and flexible way
  • Ensure services are accessible and inclusive
  • Focus on results
  • Deliver quality and value for money
  • Find new and better ways of doing things
  • Be open and accountable
  • Treat local people with respect
  • Work in partnership
  • Employ motivated, well-trained and customer-focused staff

For information about our detailed priorities, go to www.bristol.gov.uk/corporateplan

The Council constitution and decision making progress

Key issues affecting the city are considered by a Cabinet which consists of seven executive councillors, including the Leader of the Council. The Cabinet is selected by all councillors at the annual council meeting each May.

The executive members are responsible for providing visible and accountable leadership, developing policy frameworks for the council's approval, ensuring services are delivered and working with the community and key partners.

A forward plan setting out the issues due to be considered by the Cabinet can be found on our website at www.bristol.gov.uk/forwardplan.

Councillors who are not members of the Executive play an important role through the Council's Scrutiny Commissions and Select Committees. These examine executive decisions and the way that services are or could be delivered. They also advise the Executive on forthcoming decisions and the development of policy.

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