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


Gary
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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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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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