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Opinion: Tough Choices – Yes, but local politicians must grasp opportunities as well as challenges

Sheffield Town HallI doubt that there are many councillors who are unaware of the scale of the country’s financial difficulties. Yet whatever your prescription for resuscitating the British economy, politicians of all parties agree that reducing the deficit is a crucial piece in the puzzle.

Regardless of your views on the Government’s strategy, it is clear that reductions in council budgets are a reality. The challenge for councillors is to best adjust to the new climate and mitigate the impact on the services that people care about most.

I do not believe that the way forward is to abandon all council services, leaving local government as a sole provider of social care. Rather, local government should be taking the lead in innovative ways of thinking – taking bold steps to cut waste, not just services.

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Shaffaq Mohammed writes: From a boy in Kashmir – to Leader of Sheffield Lib Dems

On election night in Sheffield, we had a painful evening, losing hard-working local councillors and good friends. They were defeated by a protest vote against the tough decisions forced upon the Government by the financial mess they inherited from Labour.

When we entered the general election, we understood the seriousness of the financial crisis the country faced. We knew that whoever entered Government after the election faced a difficult first few years. Yet, as Liberal Democrats we took a brave decision to enter a coalition in the national interest and we must stick to our five year commitment. One thing the people of Sheffield do not want is a return to the 1980s.

I know first hand what it was like to grow up in Sheffield in the 1980s. My father, a steelworker, was made redundant by the actions of the Thatcher Government.

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  • User AvatarSandy 6th May - 5:27pm
    Kirsty has resigned as leader of the Welsh Lib Dems after the disastrous results. Four of five Assembly seats lost.
  • User AvatarSimon Shaw 6th May - 5:16pm
    I’d particularly like to highlight the outstanding result achieved by Cllr Lynne Thompson, for whom I had the honour to be Campaign Manager, who gained...
  • User AvatarJim Prettyman 6th May - 5:11pm
    Well done -a deserved victory for a good candidate and a well organised targeted campaign. Edinburgh Western will be well served .
  • User Avatardavid 6th May - 5:06pm
    Great results And i think its worth pointing out looking at the overall score board of council seats in England the Lib Dems are the...
  • User AvatarTim13 6th May - 5:01pm
    And although one result doesn't change everything from yesterday's results, Lib Dems are now the clear winners in the Council elections, and the Tories the...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 6th May - 4:49pm
    @David I remember that before giving the prediction the BBC used to say it is a bit of fun. I also remember when discussing by-election...
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