Council job cuts
Separate surveys by the Times and LGA, also reported in the BBC suggests councils are cutting jobs and planning to cut more. Is this a good news story or a bad one? On the one hand, jobs being lost is always bad news. On the other hand, it suggests councils are in tune with local communities and responding to the need to keep council tax down – a good news story. And most papers are keen to see reductions in “bureaucrats” – Westminster reporting it is cutting 100 management posts may be a popular move.
These are confusing times. What is better for the reputation of local government? Obviously the ideal route is jobs for local people while reducing local tax through magic efficiency measures. But if you can’t have both – which is better?