County councillors in Suffolk are meeting today to vote on plans that could involve cutting its budget by at least 30%.
Members will vote later today on a new strategic direction report, which aims to cut council spending and staff in order to make the local authority more efficient and customer focused. More on this story at http://tinyurl.com/3ydb3s3
The question is whether or not this is the beginning of a trend in local governments’ response to the spending cuts? And how much have local people been involved in any consultation or dialogue about plans to outsource their local services? This is not to say they have not. But surely local government are bound by their Duty to Involve to discuss such fundamental changes to services with citizens and other stakeholders. Unison have been given positive signals about their challenge to the changes in the NHS, on the grounds of an absence of appropriate consultation. Will this happen to local authorities if they are not careful?