Conservative Councils plan radical cuts

Interesting piece in the Financial Times:

” Radical cost-cutting proposals by Conservative-controlled councils such as Barnet, Essex, and Hammersmith and Fulham are refuelling the Thatcherite debate about the role of the state and could provide a national blueprint for an incoming Conservative Government.

Leading Tory councils are rethinking the provision of local public services, including parks, libraries, and street cleaning, as they confront a severe squeeze on public spending of up to 20 per cent in the years ahead. ”

Source: Financial Times

Much is said over the assumption that there is not much difference between the mainstream political parties. However, historically, the Conservatives have shown stronger support for the market knows best approach, and it seems that this is still a strong ethos held my many in the Party.

However, this approach leads to poor provision of public services as it leads to society being run on the principle that for services to be provided, a profit must be made.

Recent financial strains may mean that public spending cuts may be an inevitable for all administrations, irrespective of which Party is in charge. However, cuts just for the sake of it is the wrong route to take. Instead what we need is for our Local Authorities, and even Government to provide value for money and radical cuts in key services such as parks, libraries and street cleaning is the wrong approach.