Scrutinising the County Council’s budget plans

At the last meeting of the County Council’s Scrutiny Committee we started the job of looking at the administration’s budget proposals. I compared years of cuts to boiling a frog in a pan of cold water; I asked whether we are really taking a joined-up strategic approach to what we do as a council; and I asked what are we doing to measure the long term impact of cuts on people in the county.

I don’t think I got particularly convincing answers to any of my questions but they are ones I will keep asking. You can watch my questions and the answer online here from one hour, four minutes in (I’m surprised that the chair let me take so long to ask the question but I am grateful that he did because I was trying to get at some big issues).

If you want to watch the whole discussion it starts 12 minutes into the video.