Look where the cuts are made
THE headline story about a council tax freeze (Sentinel, November 19) was a welcome surprise but came with a warning from Councillor Pervez that more drastic austerity measures will have to be taken.
I can tell the people of this city that had not Eric Pickles capped any rise to two per cent, your council tax would have gone up by whatever the amount imposed.
It is not that Mr Pervez wishes to make life easier for our citizens, he has very little room for manoeuvre. And if the rise had been as last year you would still see even more cuts.
Cuts have to be made, but look where they make them.
Not, I guess, in their allowances, or the wages paid to senior officers. And, of course, they could save over £45 million by staying in Stoke, but will they listen?
We see they are going to make Stoke better for the people who shop there by spending thousands installing new pavements. I would have nothing to complain about if it makes Stoke a better place.
And it will – for the hordes to escape Stoke once this council leads the way.
ALAN JOYNSON Stoke