The mantra of doing more for less in local government is dead. Welcome to the era of just doing less. Far, far less.
Returning from the summer is always a moment for taking stock, but the picture is bleak. This is not just financial Armageddon, this is potential annihilation as the fiscal future pushes more authorities towards reorganisation.
As the pressures pile on council services, there are no solutions – yet.
Heather Jameson, editor of The MJ, presents The Year Ahead in local government: