Last week's Reading Council meeting showed the pressure local services are under.
Reading faces deep cuts in funding as the Government has reduced its grant to the council from £40 million a year to just £2 million.
As a result the council is left having to make some very difficult decisions about cutting services.
The grant used to account for about a third of council spending - leaving the council facing some very difficult decisions.
While the Labour council wants to retain vital services the council also has to set a balanced budget.
If the council was to run a deficit commissioners would be sent in by the Government to take over the running of local services, removing any local control over spending decisions.