There is no doubt that Notts County Council’s plans to make £154 million of savings over the next three years is going to cause a lot of pain.
It’s a huge amount.
The headline figure is that 750 jobs are at risk, and these will be anxious times for many of the authority’s employees.
But to be fair to the council, they have been upfront all along about what is coming, how much they need to save and why.
They undertook a consultation programme so that rate payers could have their say on what they see as the most vital services, and where cuts could possibly be made.
This was the right thing to do, and although there will still be a lot of losers out of this budget, it has helped protect some of those most vulnerable.