Steve Bullock has written a piece setting out how he has approached the cuts package agreed by Mayor and Cabinet last week:
It has been clear for most of the year that there would be significant reductions in public spending and Lewisham Council has been planning for this since before the general election in May. That planning began by identifying what we then believed was a “worst case” target of £60m over three years. I told officials that in preparing proposals to cut spending they should firstly look at way to make the organisation more efficient and secondly that cuts should target what are known as “back office” services.
Last week I agreed to recommend to a full Council meeting the first package of cuts amounting to £16m over three years.
There has been much talk and not a little shouting about “bringing down the government” and demands that Labour councillors in particular should refuse to make any cuts to services. I am clear that having been elected as mayor I have both legal and moral responsibilities. However much I disagree with what the government are doing I do not deny their right to do so. I believe they are making dreadful errors and I am attempting to make my voice heard not just for effect but also in ways that will actually make a difference.