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Bristol ‘City Slackers’ Simon Cook (Clifton East) and Cheryl Anne (Horfield) LibDem councillors standing for re-election. News review with Cllr. Helen Holland (Lab), who is also leader of the Labour Group. National Labour poll down to 35% while UKIP surge continues in Opinium/Observer poll. Next Thursday’s elections are discussed and also some economics – UK budget deficit barely falls in 2012/13, more pain ahead – fell to £114.2 bn in the tax year which ended in March. This equates to 7.4% of GDP or economic output, down from 7.9% in 2012/13. Britain’s total net public debt, excluding the direct costs of bailing out the country’s banks, is still much higher than before the financial crisis at a record £1.186 tn or 75.4% of GDP. Cuts have brought a loss of £450 a head to every person in Bristol; ‘the multiplier effect’ of the cuts. Stories covered: Food Banks have tripled in the past year, more than 350,000 people turned to food banks for help last year, almost triple the number who received food aid in the previous year and 100,000 more than anticipated, according to the Trussel Trust, UK’s biggest food crisis charity – PMQs clip of this; PMQ clips of how the rich are getting richer; Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie criticises Bristol City Council who top of the national league for ‘Gagging Clauses’ or, as the Bristol Evening Post calls them ‘compromise agreements’ and demands they stop the practice which has cost Bristol City council tax payers £1m over five years, used to silence sacked Coroner and his staff and bring in what anonymous silenced staff member calls ‘a puppet coroner’; First Bus won’t run CND anti-Trident ad. which explains the nuclear missile system’s cost: £100bn and fail to reply to letter asking them to explain; ‘Big four’ accountants, including KPMG, ‘use knowledge of Treasury to help rich avoid tax’, draw up laws on tax and then advising their clients how to avoid this tax; voxpop on the elections by Marina Morris and discussion of why more than half the people asked do not see the point in voting.