IT’S like the calm before the storm - everyone is sitting around waiting for the Coalition Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review next month to see how deep the cuts, particularly in local government, are going to go.
Whichever way you look at it, Solihull is a pretty well run local authority, a legacy of a tight fisted grant allocation from central government which has gone on for years and is highly unlikely to change under the new administration in Westminster.
Some tough decisions lie ahead, decisions which one thinks, will make the debate over the closure of toilets in Solihull town centre seem like a storm in a tea cup.
Some cuts have already been made, but there must be services run by the borough, and charities that rely on grants from the local authority, that are braced for the worst.
Coupled with the threat of job losses it means that we are all in for a very rough ride ahead. It’s a pity for the new local administration who’s first big job in office is likely to be to administer some very painful cuts.