Opinion: One of the toughest Hull City Council budgets in history
ITS details have been drip-fed for weeks.
So few people will be surprised Hull City Council has passed one of the toughest budgets in its history.
Three Labour councillors voted against it and an alternative budget by the Lib Dems was kicked out but, still, the budget, which will see 600 council jobs cut, was approved.
These are difficult times for councils all over Britain and Hull is certainly no different.
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The recriminations, that the public sector had it easy for years, that they failed to take steps to become a leaner operation when the going was good, will rumble on.
For now, hundreds of council workers are facing uncertain times, wondering how they will pay their mortgages, their rents and their bills as the axe falls.
In recent months, thousands of jobs have gone in the private sector and the council job cuts can only add to the depressed economic climate.
The prospect of 700 new jobs, with an as-yet unnamed green energy firm, will be seized on like a beacon, the chance of a new dawn.
We can only hope the new operation will be in place as soon as possible.
So much has been said about Hull becoming a green energy hub but now is the time, more than ever, when we need to see something actually happening.