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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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    I agree with Stuart , what happened to evidence?! Probably the Bill is a lousy one , but what is better is to judge a...
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    David Owen talks sense on this.
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    Andy Andrews. I'm not an extreme right wing liberal. I'm if anything on the left, but mainly in this argument I'm Just a peeved TV...
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    Apologies Above should read "because many surviving Liberals were more left wing"
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    This is a very good summary. Two points. Libertarians are hung up on state power; but if I'm prevented from doing something, it does not...
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    Mattew Huntbach Thanks for your excellent analysis.I would say more on the recent history and on liberty as at first , freedom from the state,...