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Prime Minister's visit sparks war of words with council leader

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Think the questions to be asked are:-   Has the overall funding to local Councils been cut?  In the light of the Gov's declared austerity policies, the answer must be yes.  As an example; has the funding for Social Services been cut?  Probably, which would explain the backing up of elderly bed blocking in our Hospitals and the current A&E crisis.  If you take money out of public services, it's a no brainer to suggest there will be consequences. So the strategic question is, is there a way of maintaining services, whilst tackling the deficit?  Seems the only remaining option is higher taxes.

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I thought it was down to the Labour run council which services they cut?

 

If social services are being cut, surely that must mean that the council value those services less than they do free parking for their staff?

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Any cut will have a knock on effect: EG - the pot-holes are coming back ! In the case of social services, we're facing the demographic time bomb of an increasing need for elderly care, so the demand for more funding (not less), applies - Q. is where to get the money?

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They would probably pay him £12m to do the job.

£13m more like.... and then a £1m bonus for collecting the £12m!!

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Think the questions to be asked are:-   Has the overall funding to local Councils been cut? 

 

No. The real question is - was the funding too high under the last bunch of profligate vote buyers?

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A lack of social care beds, forcing bed blocking in Hospitals, or a failiure to grit roads, suggests that there is insufficient funding.

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The question of resources (revenues), is a fundamental issue in this regard; just how we fund our public services and from where do we get the money is crucial.  London and the S/East is the richest area of the country, so the principle of the Barnet Formula to redistribute resources geographically and an effective HMRC to tap into individual and corporate wealth; are essential to funding the services we take for granted.

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