SOLIHULL Council has unveiled an online programme which gives people the chance to “balance the budget” as they deal with cuts of £15 million.
It’s not an easy job and most people will have different ideas about which services should be protected.
Take libraries for example, an invaluable service to regular visitors, but many people rarely set foot inside.
Or the provision for vulnerable older people and the disabled, a huge slice of the money goes to those departments. Some people might be puzzled why these services get more funds than rubbish collections or road maintenance.
It’s easy to take that view if you don’t rely on the services yourself - for the elderly and disabled these departments are crucial.
But while the website lists 19 departments and gives us the opportunity to cut-back or protect as we see fit, there’s something missing.
Where are people able to have their say on the salaries of Solihull Council’s highest-paid officers?
Not everyone in the public sector is earning a huge amount, but there’s no doubt that there are some hefty wage packets. While the cost might come out of individual departments listed on the council website, wouldn’t it be better if this was dealt with as a separate issue? It’s only right that the highest salaries should be subject to the same scrutiny as council services.