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Is it right to involve the public in budget cuts?

As the UK coalition government sets about targeting up to £60 billion in budget cuts David Cameron has announced what will effectively be an open forum with the UK public. He recently visited Canada where the Canadian authorities also underwent a similar task some years ago whereby the public were involved in targeted budget cuts which appeared to go down well with voters. Will David Cameron use the same tactic in the UK?

While there's no doubt that involving the public has gone down with many people there's a growing feeling that UK voters have shifted this responsibility to the government of the day. Whether it is correct for David Cameron to seek public opinion on budget cuts is a hot debate at the moment with different points of view very evident in the press. The truth is that while certain areas such as the NHS and education will not feel the same kind of pain as other departments, each and every area of the UK budget will be impacted.

Whether the involvement of the UK public, however deep that maybe, is correct or not there is no doubt that David Cameron is attempting to re-create a line of communication between MPs and the public, a line which disappeared many years ago.

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