Nobody likes to see services cut, nor people losing their jobs, whether in the private sector or the public sector. But every town hall in the country has a duty at this time to cut back on waste. For those of you who haven't kept their eye on the ball, this country is more than a £trillion in debt and climbing.
Those people who work in local government have a responsibility to seek out waste in every nook and cranny where it exists and eliminate it. We can still have services but they have to be paid for. If we hadn't had a freeze on council tax these last couple of year I reckon anybody living in a band C property would now be paying £150.00 a month. That's totally unacceptable.
Meanwhile there are many who have never paid a bean in local council tax. The L. A. needs to balance its ledgers, cut back on its high salary earners. There are thousands who rely upon benefits to pay their rent, never mind council tax, and have done so for years. There will be hundreds of thousands of people entering this country next year from Eastern Europe. Many will make their way to the Wirral as the South-east won't be able to accomodate them all. Who is going to support them?
We need the private sector to get things going in this part of the country, especially if our school leavers are going to find useful and productive employment.
The days have gone when people could expect to rely upon the public sector for their livelihoods. It's time to wake up.