As the financial fallout continues and governments seek responses to the banking crisis my mind turns to the consequences for the coming years. The general uplift in the economy witnessed over the last decade has provided some good news for public services. Expanding budgets and investment in infrastructure to start overcoming previous Tory neglect.
But the climate for the coming years must now be very different and it will be interesting to see how Welsh public services, the Assembly Government and public sector workers cope (declaration of interest!).
Much food for thought and many organisations like councils will face massive decisions about priority spending areas and their obligations (whether old persons, waste management, equal pay or education reform to name just a few).
(blogging not quite as frequent at moment but normal service to resume soon with explanation)