The BBC online offers some top tips on saving money from a Birmingham fringe meeting with Cllrs David Burbage, Stephen Greenhalgh and Edward Lister.
Don't run arts centres. Stick to what councils are good at doing, advised Edward Lister, such as keeping the streets clean and maintaining infrastructure. Don't run arts centres or museums –
outsource them to charitable trusts instead. Not only did doing that save Wandsworth money, and led to a better run theatre, there were now productions "that are actually worth going to – there's no dead hand of Wandsworth Council trying to be an arts organisation. We are no good at things like that. That's not our world," said Mr Lister.