First, forget the daft figure for job cuts nationally (25,000) projected by the BBC local radio survey. This figure is so conservative it's misleading. There are about 300 councils in the UK. My local council employs around 10,000 staff, but London boroughs are quite big. Second, forget the scare stories; Lewisham must have an annual churn of 10%, through retirements and voluntary leavers, so very large savings can be made by natural wastage. Even if all 300 councils didn't replace 500 staff each, that's a reduction of 150,000 staff nationally.
The catalyst for change is not the overall reduction, but where the reductions will fall. The Children's departments that run schools and child social services will remain fully staffed - that's £67m a year here. If Cameron gets in, and Lewisham retains a Labour majority, have no doubt that Steve Bollock will cut everything valued by ordinary voters; libraries, parks, streets, litter and refuse, street lights and leisure centres. He will want to blame the pain on the Conservatives. A few unburied paupers earns mega column inches in the local papers.
However, there is a growing feeling of a greater right of involvement by local people in such decisions. And there's FOI. And there's the sharp elbows of the articulate, web-savvy middle class. And a browse through the budget book suggests there's still plenty of healthy-walking-advisor fat to be cut.