Welcome to the New Year!
For Brent Council, this is going to be a bit of a lull before the storm.
This year's budget, has fairly limited cuts but the failure of George Osborne's economic policy and the Conservative Party's hatred of local government mean that we will face massive fiscal pressures for years to come.
Brent Council is likely to respond to these by having a much tighter economic focus on everything we do. This means that Council services will need to demonstrate a much more direct effect on economic well being than hitherto. Local government has never had a challenge like it.