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Eric Pickles’ 50 money-saving ideas show that he has no idea about local government

Wedenesday saw the announcement of the local government funding settlement for 2013-14. As expected, councils across England will be facing even more cuts in their already-stretched budgets, and wondering just how they continue to deliver services in the face of ever-widening budget gaps. (See here or here for examples of how a funding squeeze and rising costs are impacting councils)

Of course, local government should be glad that we have a Secretary of State who understands the issues affecting the sector and is prepared to fight its cause in Whitehall while puncturing some of the myths that are propagated …

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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 27th Mar - 5:09pm
    Graham, Of course Nick voted in totally the opposite way to his promise and only apologised for making the promise not breaking it. In contrast...
  • User AvatarNick Collins 27th Mar - 5:00pm
    I have neither, but stick with the gratuitous insults; they are so persuasive.
  • User AvatarTabman 27th Mar - 4:55pm
    John Tilley - "workplace" Work is an activity, not a place; increasingly so. The kinds of jobs that require a collective presence are diminishing.
  • User AvatarSara Scarlett 27th Mar - 4:48pm
    "I’m not sure I agree that planes will ever be silent..." Oh ye of little faith! Well, it's happening whether you like it or not....
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 27th Mar - 4:38pm
    @ Matthew: "To me, that's a big reason why governments try to make cuts, and yet find state expenditure stubbornly refusing to fall as a...
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    Incredible we now support airport expansion.
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