For this week’s blog I want to talk about the Comprehensive Spending Review. Working our way through the small print of the announcement will take some time, but it is already clear that some difficult decisions lie ahead. We have to be honest about its impact and the fact that we will be facing some of the biggest cuts seen by the public sector in recent times. But Tameside residents and the people who use and depend on our services can be assured that we, as a council, are well placed to deal with the future challenges.
I can also say that we have been working on our three-year financial plan for sometime and that we have already taken significant costs out of the organisation. For many years we have had an enviable track record for good financial management and delivering value for money and this means we start from a solid financial base. And in recent months we have also been listening to staff suggestions on how we can increase efficiency and reduce costs and we have dozens of projects running which are resulting in hundreds of thousands of pounds in savings.
Doing nothing isn’t an option and faced with this reality we intend to do the best with what we have available to us to help those who are most in need. Obviously I would rather we were not placed in a position in which we will have to make changes to services but we have little choice. Tameside is a place where we have always made a little go along way, so getting the best value for our money is something we are good at.