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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 Avatarmatt (Bristol) 4th Mar - 2:57pm
    I think, Jack, I would be more interested to hear you on how these issues relate your local area - how much is balancing the...
  • User AvatarJack Davies 4th Mar - 2:51pm
    And Thank You @JohnTilley and @JennyBarnes !!! I already experience ageism on a daily basis, just for standing for election. I didn't expect to be...
  • User AvatarJack Davies 4th Mar - 2:49pm
    @GrahamMartin-Royle I know what you mean. There needs to be serious constitutional reform that takes Britain out of the Victorian era into the modern day.
  • User AvatarJack Davies 4th Mar - 2:47pm
    @Dav I will be writing an upcoming piece on how we got to this situation as well as what we can do to ensure people...
  • User AvatarJack Davies 4th Mar - 2:45pm
    @StephenHesketh A valid point. There is definitely a very strong argument for the C of E to be disestablished from the Crown but it will...
  • User AvatarHolly Matthies 4th Mar - 2:36pm
    Hi, John Smith! "You don’t have some divine right to live and work in this country," you tell me. No, I don't, and it's a...