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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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    The BMA is a Trade Union. The Tories are opposed to Trade Unions after all they have successfully blamed Trade Unions for the failure of...
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    Hasn't the former vicar (or was it curate) got something better to do, like save the Labour Party? You need to get out more, Mr...
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    What a joy to be able to agree with Mick Taylor.