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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 AvatarSteve Way 22nd Oct - 12:39am
    @Psi Not sure where my comment says that it shouldn't be done? It should have been done earlier, that would have been the right thing....
  • User AvatarRoland 22nd Oct - 12:38am
    "I had the misfortune of staying in a Travel Lodge, breakfast was in a greasy spoon ‘restaurant’ staff were English and did not care, compare...
  • User AvatarPsi 22nd Oct - 12:12am
    Steve Way "Promoting a woman to cabinet for just 7 months out of a 5 year period in government would probably be seen as tokenism...
  • User Avatarmalc 22nd Oct - 12:04am
    Stuart Fair point. I have heard of women from the armed forces and police also being invited to secondary schools and think it's a great...
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    Simon The video you provide the link for is the stoning of a poor girl in Syria - it's not britain and the murders are...
  • User AvatarStuart 21st Oct - 11:38pm
    @Igor Well, quite. But as another LDV article rightly pointed out yesterday, it's well known that lots of British ex-pats are of the anti-immigrant type,...