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Waiting for the axe to fall on our lives; COMMENT.

WHETHER you are young or old, rich or poor, male or female, black or white, you're just about to find out exactly what austerity really means.

If you think the Coalition-imposed cuts have been tough so far, you haven't seen anything yet.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes talks apocalyptically about the end of local government as we know it - and that doesn't seem like political hyperbole.

If you've ever moaned and groaned in the past about how your town hall spent your Council Tax, you're about to find out.

For few areas of local life, which we all take for granted, are to be spared.

At the same time hundreds of loyal, hardworking employees are to lose their jobs.

Libraries, swimming pools, community centres, nurseries even the City Hall all face a bleak future. While street lights are to be turned off, bins emptied less frequently, streets cleaned less often.

And, at the same time, charges will be increased.

All in all, we're all in for a tough time as we pay the price for problems not of our making.

Sometimes it seems we're not "all in it together". Sometimes it seems some of us are more in it than others.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2012
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