"How's your business affected?" I ask her."Oh, twenty-five per cent cuts, same as everyone else.""How's that work? They outsourced you and sold you to the lowest bidder so you're not a council department any more.""That's true. We're not council workers any more. They've changed the pension and redundancy agreements and they regraded down all our salaries. But when the council's trying to save money we still get our share of the cuts.""They can't do that, can they?"
Evidently they can.