Brighton and Hove City Council's Labour leader Warren Morgan has been speaking to BBC Sussex Breakfast after unveiling budget proposals that would see £24.3m cut from the budget next year.
He hit back at criticism from Green councillors who said he hadn't challenged central government cuts strongly enough.
There are no council services which are expendable. There are no easy cuts left. We have trimmed the fat. We've made the easy savings - they're all gone.
I had the Secretary of State in my office, I made it very clear to him the pain these cuts would cause. I lobby via the Local Government Association. They have been saying councils are facing a crisis because of the pressures in social care. The costs of social care are now £150m in the city - our council tax adds up to £125m.
When the Greens were in power they stood outside the Treasury on a Saturday, when nobody was there, and banged the drum. If that's the kind of gesture politics they think I should be doing, fine. What my much more competent and united team are doing is looking at the situation we find ourselves in, getting to grips with the situation we've got. The public expect us to make the best of it."