The Conservative Government is also going to have to get back to its DNA – cutting taxes. Reductions for those on incomes below £45,000 would send a powerful signal.
I want to commend every single one of you that stood for council or campaigned in any way in this poll.
This week we examine another region where the main parties fought themselves to a stalemate, whilst UKIP positioned themselves for future success.
Our latest battleground profile explores the West Midlands, where Labour and the Tories are locked in something close to a high-stakes, traditional, two-party fight.
The better national news for the Tories is not spread evenly across the battleground.
Health is a key issue at local as well as national level, and 11 of these troubled institutions are in Conservative-held seats.
Some figures, courtesy of Ian Warren of Election Data.
The Chancellor praised senior Labour councillors on Monday. Conservative Warwickshire and Labour Coventry are also showing the benefits of working together.