Prior to councils cutting essential services the following should be implented:
i) all council employees on salaries of £65,000 or more to have salary reduced by 10%
ii) no pay rises in council salaries for 2 years. Pay rises thereafter to reflect inflation only if a recovery from the credit crisis is in place.
iii) no bonus payments – ever
iv) pensions to reflect private sector
Stop overpaid council employees appearing on TV saying how terrible cuts to services are going to have to be put in place. I am heartily fed up with the majority of my council tax payments being used to pay council gold plated pensions. Sort this out!