That's the word used by the Manchester Evening News today to describe cuts proposals the City Council published this morning - and they're not exaggerating.
As a result of the government's grant settlement, the City Council has to reduce its annual budget by £109m next year, rising to £170m the year after. That can't be achieved by efficiencies or by shaving a bit here, a bit there. It means real cuts. Like me, people will be shocked and angered by what we are having to do to balance the budget but we have been put in a dreadful position where the only choices are as to what cuts we make. We are seeking public views on the proposals which can be viewed in full at:
Please remember though that we can only put something back into the budget if we take something else out.