COST OF LIVING CRISIS: WEST OF ENGLANDERS FACE £454 EXTRA TO GROCERY BILL – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS

West of England shoppers will see their supermarket bills rocket by more than £450, adding pressure to the serious cost-of-living-crisis, according to a new report. Butter, milk and dog food are set to see the largest price hikes. Metro Mayor Dan Norris said the eye-watering hikes will leave local people struggling as he took aimContinue reading “COST OF LIVING CRISIS: WEST OF ENGLANDERS FACE £454 EXTRA TO GROCERY BILL – METRO MAYOR COMMENTS”

SIGNIFICANT PAY INCREASE FOR WEST OF ENGLAND BUS DRIVERS

A pay rise for bus drivers has been welcomed as a key step to help fill the over 100 vacancies for bus drivers in the West of England. New First bus drivers will see their base pay going up from over £24k to just over £27k. One of the issues driving cancellations and timetable changesContinue reading “SIGNIFICANT PAY INCREASE FOR WEST OF ENGLAND BUS DRIVERS”

WE CAN’T MAGIC UP BUS DRIVERS, WARNS MAYOR, AS BUS COMPANIES ANNOUNCE CUTS

Severe bus driver shortages coupled by the withdrawal of Covid funding by the Conservative Government means local people face more bus cuts. Bus companies have announced they plan to cut local services including the 5 (Downend to Bristol) as well as the Y3, Y4 and Y5 services (all Yate to Bristol). There is also aContinue reading “WE CAN’T MAGIC UP BUS DRIVERS, WARNS MAYOR, AS BUS COMPANIES ANNOUNCE CUTS”

UK HEATWAVE: KEEP STAFF SAFE, METRO MAYOR URGES EMPLOYERS

Metro Mayor Dan Norris is urging West of England employers to make sure their staff are protected from the sun and heat as the Met Office issued its first ever red alert for hot weather. A red warning for extreme heat in the West of England has been issued for Monday and Tuesday, meaning thereContinue reading “UK HEATWAVE: KEEP STAFF SAFE, METRO MAYOR URGES EMPLOYERS”