Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
South West;
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administration Of The State And The Economic And Social Policy Of The Community
84.11 - General public administration activities

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 August 2016
Employment effect (start)
22 August 2016
Foreseen end date
30 September 2016


Bristol City Council announced that it will reduce the size of its workforce by 1,000 jobs. This equates to around 15 per cent of the workforce, as the Council currently employs around 7,000 workers. A formal consultation period has commenced and a voluntary redundancy scheme was put in place in order to try to save £29 million (approximately €34.5 million). Like many local authorities in the United Kingdom, the Council has experienced cuts in funding from central government as part of its programme of austerity. Staff electing to take voluntary redundancy will finish work at the end of September 2016. The Council experienced further backlash in the wake of the announcement to cut 1,000 jobs when it emerged that Nicola Yates, City Director at Bristol City Council, the received an exit payment of £200,000 (approximately €238,000) to leave her job at the end of July 2016.


  • 22 August 2016: BBC News
  • 22 August 2016: Bristol Post
  • 1 September 2016: ITV News


Eurofound (2016), Bristol City Council, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 88458, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88458.