“Look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves” - I was taught this when I was a kid. As a qualified Cost Investigator, with many years experience in the field, I have always practiced what I preach both in the Commercial World and on the Domestic Front and we need to apply this to Swindon now. We all have ideas of how we can improve the use of OUR money in Swindon, so, all areas should be fully costed with a Cost Efficiency Exercise applied to all schemes under consideration. Basically we need to make sure that Council Tax always pays, and this means that we must make sure that as much of our taxes are used supporting front-line services as possible. We need to make sure that we utilise new processes and technologies so then we can streamline local bureaucracy and use that money for those who need local services the most.