Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Cuts and coffee

Today has been a mix of highs and lows.  A low is the proposed swingeing cuts that were published by the council on Friday.  Along with Cllr Chris Maskell and Paul Gittings I met with council staff this morning (still can't get used to calling them 'officers') to discuss the proposed environment cuts - including to graffiti removal, charging for green bins etc.  Some cuts that are sad, but inevitable given the wrong decisions made by central government and some that I think are the wrong choice.  I have asked for a copy of the budget book to see what the alternatives are - even when the national Conservatives have made a right Pickle of things councils still have choices they can make, my worry is that the current administration will make the wrong decisions.

I then nipped home to meet with someone from a solar installation company to discuss whether our house was suitable and to get more information.  It's looking good, but we need to decide how much we can afford to pay and therefore how much we can install.

Went back into town for coffee with 3 friends and discuss all things "mum".  And eat scones of course!  It was lovely to catch up, as I hadn't seen them and their little ones since the end of November.

Reading buses did well out of me today...

It was nice to meet up but I have to say I'm very concerned by the cuts, and chatting particularly to Suzy as we left reinforced to me how much we all value the children's centres and the support to our families that look like they will be cut.

John Ennis has posted on the possible cuts to children's services on his blog in a lot more detail including information about a 'consultation' that is taking place.