I quote from an email from my MP's PPS -
" In any case, the local funding reductions represent a choice by the council. Mr Redwood is strongly of the view that the council should be looking to make savings from its largest costings (personnel, buildings and office functions) rather than in frontline services. There is no reason for the council to cut any frontlines, should they wish not to do so. They also have the option, should they wish, of increasing council tax (I am not necessarily advocating this, but simply explaining that it is an option)
There are already several senior on the council who earn salaries in excess of £100,000. More could be done to cut the senior officer wage bill, without effecting ordinary staff. The council could also look to merge more back office services by amalgamating these with other councils. In other words, the council does have choice over what they wish to cut."