Credit where it’s due
NO one could accuse me of being soft on Cheshire east council. (I’m told some councillors get up an hour early each day so they can curse me for longer.)
But, hey, you have to give credit where it’s due and freezing council tax for the fifth consecutive year is some achievement.
Did services suffer? Well there are certainly some ‘services’ that have suffered for decades (mental health being one) but I can’t honestly say services are worse now than they were when council taxes rose each year like snowdrops.
I don’t believe the only answer to improved public services is more funding.
I’ve witnessed too much wanton waste and bad practice to be convinced of that theory.
Almost every IT project government departments attempt is an unmitigated financial disaster.
One distinguished hospital consultant told me cash gushing into the NHS at the tap end is reduced to a trickle by the time it reaches the nozzle.
You only have to look at the layers of management to understand that truth but changing the culture of public services is extremely difficult.
If CEC can, as they claim, ‘reduce management by a third,’ freeze council tax for five consecutive years and still perform, then a lot of hard-pressed taxpayers will be extremely grateful.
I’m one of them.