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Crossroads – checking in or checking out

which way?

We are at a crossroads. On one hand austerity continues to bite very deeply. Cash strapped Northamptonshire is resigned to being split into two “unitary authorities”. Nor is Northants alone. East Sussex says it is down to the basics and Barnet and Cornwall cannot be far behind. Although nationally employment is at its highest with only 1 in 25 Britons now unemployed - the lowest for the last 25 years, wages have stagnated. Unemployment ruins lives and leads to increasing numbers of people with worrying levels of debt and further pressure on local councils to act.