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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 AvatarStephen Hesketh 29th Mar - 8:26pm
    Philip Thomas 29th Mar '15 - 7:50pm "Actually, if we’re *expecting* to “do so much better than anyone is expecting” aren’t we kind of guaranteed...
  • User AvatarSimon Foster 29th Mar - 8:13pm
    Correct - knife edge comment was ITV, I think Oxford Mail may have been "ultra-marginal" :)
  • User AvatarSimon Foster 29th Mar - 8:12pm
    This was inspiring to be at in person, and Layla did a brilliant introduction. We've got some great press out of it, particularly the Oxford...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 29th Mar - 8:12pm
    Other videos are available for those seeking a more impassioned Liberal view: http://www.markpack.org.uk/130605/watch-tim-farrons-superb-video-on-why-people-should-vote-liberal-democrat/
  • User AvatarSimon Foster 29th Mar - 8:10pm
    Caron - I can confirm a vital piece of information from this article: It is indeed the back of Cllr Neil Fawcett's head ;) Best...
  • User Avatarmalc 29th Mar - 8:09pm
    Couldn't they have found someone to write a better speech. It's just plain boring and they need better than that.
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