With the challenges facing the British economy and the huge pressure on many families' finances, George Osborne didn't have much room for manoeuvre in today's Budget. There was no spare cash for giveaways so he made a series of careful trade-offs which, overall, will leave ease the pressure on lots of households and allow most of them to keep more of their own money.
Hundreds of working years are being lost at local councils in the Midlands thanks to suspensions for allegedly misbehaving council staff. This isn't good for taxpayers, the council or the individuals involved. Local authorities must ensure that action is taken and suspensions are dealt with swiftly and cases don't drag on, leaving taxpayers picking up the bill for staff who are off work for long periods and temps to cover their absence.