Friday, October 29, 2004

Southampton City Council

Met with Brad Roynan (the CX) this morning to discuss issues connected with my part of Southampton (Bassett and part of Swaythling) but also some of the more general issues facing the Council.
I will pick up on some of the issues in future blogs but I was struck, as never before, by the number of pressures and thorny issues facing this council (many of them shared by others). The usual tale of lots of "must dos" from Central Government but little flexibility in how it can all be paid for - not helped by the direction from the Deputy Prime Minister that next year's Council Tax rises must be in low single figures or they will face being capped.
Could there be an election in the offing?