Shropshire Council savings programme commended

Recently the work being undertaken by Conservative led Shropshire Council has been commended from many sources, including the local media.
A recent article in the Shropshire Star said “Slashing the budgets of councils has in the past been like wrestling with an elephant. The job is just too big and too difficult. There is only one winner.
An underlying problem is that a big organisation funded by the public purse does not have a great motivation for slimming itself down.
There is a case that can be made for keeping every job, every asset, and every service.
When it comes to making savings, institutional inertia is exacerbated by the easy option of putting up the council tax instead...It is against this background of failure among councils to get to grip with their budgets in the past that Shropshire Council announced that it has cut over £30 million from its budget over the past 12 months.
So it can be done. It is an impressive achievement and an indicator of strong leadership at the top, not afraid to take difficult decisions.
Hats off to them for carrying things through at a time when everyone, everywhere, is having to tighten their belts.
It is not just a matter of cuts, but also of looking at the way the council does things and seeing if there are better and more efficient ways.
Nobody likes having to go through the process. There has already been some pain and over the coming days, weeks, and months there will be more to follow.
But if the council leadership has managed to make £30 million savings without a corresponding £30 million loss in services for Shropshire people, it will have pulled off something remarkable.”

Recently the work being undertaken by Conservative led Shropshire Council has been commended from many sources, including the local media.A recent article in the Shropshire Star said “Slashing the budgets of councils has in the past been like wrestling with an elephant. The job is just too big and too difficult. There is only one winner.An underlying problem is that a big organisation funded by the public purse does not have a great motivation for slimming itself down.There is a case that can be made for keeping every job, every asset, and every service.When it comes to making savings, institutional inertia is exacerbated by the easy option of putting up the council tax instead...It is against this background of failure among councils to get to grip with their budgets in the past that Shropshire Council announced that it has cut over £30 million from its budget over the past 12 months.So it can be done. It is an impressive achievement and an indicator of strong leadership at the top, not afraid to take difficult decisions.Hats off to them for carrying things through at a time when everyone, everywhere, is having to tighten their belts.It is not just a matter of cuts, but also of looking at the way the council does things and seeing if there are better and more efficient ways.Nobody likes having to go through the process. There has already been some pain and over the coming days, weeks, and months there will be more to follow.But if the council leadership has managed to make £30 million savings without a corresponding £30 million loss in services for Shropshire people, it will have pulled off something remarkable.”