The Times this morning reports that 40 Councils they contacted are planning 7,000 redundancies. The paper estimate that one in seven Councils will make redundancies although as few as possible will be compulsory.

There is the claim that such figures show that Councils "will not be protected from the slowdown." Perhaps not entirely. But generally Council Tax bills will still be going up ahead of inflation. Also, how many of the Councils making some redundancies will simultaneously be taking job ads in The Guardian? Town Halls simply do not face the same pressure from economic reality as businesses and households.