In my view, the priorities include:-
i) Children who are most affected when the income of a family is reduced. Local Government has to focus its efforts on maximising income and helping to reduce costs for low income families.
iii) Local government has to work with communities to develop regeneration initatives, and provide support and practical help to organisations and individuals working at a local level. Through neighbourhood based projects, resources can be directed at improving the life chances for disadvantaged individuals and groups and supporting health and wellbeing.
Local government has to use every lever currently available to us to secure new investment and create and safeguard jobs, in the face of severe cuts. We have to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, and meet climate change targets. There are opportunities within the housing, public transport, creative industries, health care, manufacturing and renewable technology sectors to develop training, apprenticeships and jobs.
We have to believe that economic policy does not just value material wealth, but the things which truly make life worth living - our health, our relationships, our human need to co-operate, and create a sense of equality and community.
Useful link, including my comments on video clip:-