Essex County Council need to make £240m in savings over the next three years and as Chief Executive of the council Joanna Killian is the person who has to decide where the axe will fall.
Here Panorama's Shelley Jofre asks whether responsibility for those tough decisions means she is worth her £230,000 annual salary.
Communities in Britain bracing for deep spending cuts
Panorama catches up with a handful of grassroots protests that have already begun to fight back against councils trying to trim their budgets.Read more about the protests
Council cuts - the fight back map
Panorama's interactive video map details the UK's battlegrounds against looming council service cuts.Explore the video map
Tony Travers, a local government expert tells Panorama that wide reaching cuts to public services could bring seasons of discontent to Britain.
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- Jeremy Vine
- Shelley Jofre
- Catherine Bennett
- Richard Grange