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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 AvatarMartin 31st Jan - 3:40pm
    Ed Shepherd: Does that mean that you think that anyone who declared themselves bankrupt could have this "considerable debt of tens of thousands of pounds"...
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    @JohnTilley Or, in other words John, Nick reached over 1.5m voters the party needs to connect with and did so in a way that the...
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    Tuition fees are not like a graduate tax. They are a debt. A considerable debt of tens of thousands of pounds repayable by anyone who...
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    Dog bites man story. Of more concern are the seats where we do not have candidates in place, and debates are taking place in schools...
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    Ah, okay. Thanks, Caron. I do follow you on twitter, I also follow c 2,000 others I'm afraid I don't make a rule of reading...
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    PBBrown 31st Jan '15 - 2:00pm "Being described as hilarious isn’t always a compliment though is it Caron ?" I agree PB; the same thought...