The new order – 3 months in

The new Coalition government has been in place now for 3 months and as Parliament rises for the Summer recess, it’s a good time to reflect on what I think everyone can agree has been a busy time, in local government terms I think I have seen more change in these 3 months than in the entire time since I was elected to the County Council 4 years ago.

Beyond the national policy agenda, this is the biggest shake up of government since, well possibly since the 1920’s, even Margret Thatcher and the incoming Conservative Government of 1979 did not propose the shrinking of the state and cuts of the magnitude we are seeing being imposed almost day by day.

Of course it’s comforting to watch the six O’clock news and see all the announcements and think, well fair enough that doesn’t affect me, but this time it does!

So what to do! Well in Suffolk last September, 9 months before the government changed, we launched our County strategy called the New Strategic Direction. Despite the KEEP CALM and CARRY ON rhetoric of the then government it was clear to those behind the scenes that we as a nation had to do some pretty painful stuff if we were to head off the sort of crisis of confidence that has befallen other European nations.

So the challenge is actually quite simple, how do we absorb the cuts with the minimum impact to those who reply on the services the County Council provide, much of what the County Council does is not universal but targeted at those who need our help the most.

Well we have to make tough decisions and change the nature of how we do things, the key it seems to me is how we involve residents in those tough decisions and how we need to work together to minimise the impact the cuts have on their own communities.

Politically I think we are entering the most challegning and thus interesting time.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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