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Viewpoint: Being a mayor means making tough budget decisions

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 February 2018

Mike Brooke

With an election coming in May readers will hear lots of promises from politicians about what they can deliver. Being mayor means actually having to make those decisions.

It’s a tough job, with many demands and limited resources.

I’ve set out my budget for next year. I’m proposing a new £1.8m scheme to provide support and training to get local people into jobs in childcare, and to launch new WorkPath services to give young people careers and training advice, from a new centre in Watney Market.

I am also proposing a £1.4m new targeted approach to tackling Anti-Social Behaviour. This will hit street crime and gangs, but also the problems of drug-using and nuisance behaviour.

Services for all - protecting Ideas Stores and libraries, leisure centres, parks, improving refuse collection and street sweeping, will sit alongside continuing to stand up for those in need in the borough.

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