The first article I ever wrote on my blog was about a proposal to reduce hours for office based staff from 37 to 35 hours per week with the aim of preserving jobs, retaining capacity and skills in the Council and to help drive efficiencies in the organisation. We never suggested it would be a panacea or a silver bullet but we now have from Kirklees their assessment of the proposals impact. It would save £3.6million and preserve 122 jobs. With the Council considering cuts of 1500 it is by no means a solution but it is part of the answer. It needs proper consideration and thought with sensitive discussions with unions on the preservation of jobs and services in our area.