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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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    Alistair. I'm not saying there shouldn't be compromises. I just question the accuracy of Osborne's statement given that Cameron, PM at the time, stated that...
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    Tony just to make sure we agree what we are disagreeing about: I am totally opposed to Paddy's so called 'progressive platform' - see my...
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    Osbourne benefited from extremely negative and misleading campaigning and now is offering warnings having lost under similar conditions? The Remain campaign did not properly warn...
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    Glenn, many of the leavers said we would be like Norway or Switzerland. Not like Algeria.
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