North/South divide: Liverpool cuts 1,500 jobs, while Windsor cuts council tax by 0.5%
Today's news that 1,500 jobs will be cut at the city council is just the start of the bad news.
Over the next few days and weeks more detail will trickle out on the detail of these painful cuts.
Council leader Joe Anderson says it not actually about cuts. Now it is about prioritising what to keep. The effect will be profound.
Council officials often talk about a fictional character called Annie in Anfield when judging the impact of decisions.
Annie may see her library and leisure centre closed. If a carer helps her with her shopping she may lose that. She faces paying more for services. In all Annie's quality of life will be hit on many levels.
Contrast that with news from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire.
So wealthy is this local authority that it is cutting council tax by 0.5%, after having cut council tax by 4% last year.
On the government's 'spending power' measure of the cuts, Windsor and Maidenhead lost 1.06% of funding while Liverpool lost 8.9%.