the Accounts Commission has called on councils to take urgent and radical action to deal with the financial challenges ahead in their annual report, An overview of local government in Scotland 2009. The reports points to a likely real term drop in the Scottish budget of between seven and 13 per cent between 2009/10 and 2013/14.
Things could be worse - the Conservative Shadow Chancellor George Osbourne now saying the Conservatives will be "tougher than Margaret Thatcher" when it comes to tackling Britain's budget deficit. This will inevitably put more pressure of local government.
The Democratic Independent Group called for an inclusive all-group approach to making the hard decisions that will be needed in the recent budget. The LibDem/Tory administration may regret refusing this approach.
If the LibDem/Conservative administration on Aberdeenshire want all the power, then they can take all the resoponsibility.
The public are more concerned about inequality than either immigration, cutting taxes or curbing benefits - New polling found that 76 per cent of voters think big businesses has too much power over the government, reports Luke Hildyard.
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