The cost of Labour's deal with union bosses in Southampton has become a little clearer today. Labour have announced that they will introduce a Summer mini budget if they take power at the City Council elections in May.
Labour have already said that they will be giving pay rises to council staff and that the price for this will be hundreds of extra job cuts and cuts to council services. It is already clear that non statutory services like libraries and SureStarts will be first to be in the firing line if Labour win in May. However this news that Labour cuts could start as early as the Summer is very worrying. Labour needs to be clear which services will be hit by their extra cuts and as the election approaches they need to be honest and upfront with voters.