Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police think they have the right to up council taxes significantly, whilst cutting services.
The police, for example, are closing and selling many police stations - yet they managed to afford to spend millions on refurbishing Lloyd House and providing a plush new office for the police and crime commissioner, David Jamieson. They shouldn't have done this. Instead, they should've sold off Lloyd House and Mr Jamieson should've kept a normal office.
The council are just as bad - cut cut cut cut cut - but more taxes. Libraries, children's centres, offices, bin men - the lot - the council want to cut them.
There's one way out of this of course - vote for anyone but Labour at the local elections. See how they like it.