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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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  • User AvatarNicholas Cunningham 24th Apr - 9:42am
    Great news regarding membership figures and with the French election showing that politics of the centre can overcome political extremism, hope can win over fear,...
  • User AvatarWilliam 24th Apr - 9:42am
    Absolutely! Well said.
  • User Avatarbob sayer 24th Apr - 9:33am
    Spare a thought for us elderly membership secretaries in a Branch, I keep finding members I didnt know we had I can only exist because...
  • User Avatarfrankie 24th Apr - 9:11am
    How are the online donations going? Wife will kill me if she works out how often I'm just donating a fiver, after awhile it mounts...
  • User AvatarJohn Kelly 24th Apr - 9:04am
    Membership system seems pretty robust. Membership officers in local parties get real time notification each time a new member joins online. My local Party has...
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson 24th Apr - 8:24am
    A hearty welcome Nicholas as our standard bearer for the UK's largest constituency, in terms of voter numbers, which has elected two Liberal/LibDem MPs in...