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Star comment: Still on a bumpy road with effects of austerity

The austerity package that has led to cuts in public services is designed to get the nation’s finances back on track, given a period of low growth.

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We have to pay for the costs incurred during the pandemic while also recognising that Brexit and the War in Ukraine have both caused further high costs.

There are consequences as we seek to balance the books. Inflation has hit everyone’s weekly spend as food prices have followed the trajectory of energy bills and sky-rocketed.

Public services have also taken a hit, and motorists will be all too familiar with the issues of potholes. We have been reporting moans about potholes for decades and today we are again revealing how the issue is impacting on motorists.