That well known 'pop' combo Cameron & Osborne may have been consigned to the annals of political history - or, in George's case, to the Editor's Desk at the Evening Standard - but the country is still in thrall to their most famous tune: 'The Age of Austerity'.
The mood music then continues to call for modernised public services, efficiencies wherever possible, and a ruthless campaign to drive out costs.
The stereotype in recent years has been of a Government determined, at best, to emasculate the public sector and, at worst, to kill it off completely, balanced against a wider public concern at the demise of the post-war social contract.
The result of this consultation, though, suggests a shift in the narrative. Maybe Mrs May, and some of her political friends at least, really do see a central role for the public sector in 21st Century Britain (witness, too, the announcement about 'a new generation of council housing' at the Conservative Party Conference today); and at the same time, perhaps the public is more willing than we previously thought to accept structural change - provided that in return they receive a better standard of core services.
Whatever the truth of that, given the stance of the local councils, now it's over to you, Mrs Rudd!
The public and workforce have resoundingly supported proposals from the Police and Crime Commissioner to take on oversight of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Julia Mulligan’s consultation, which closed last Friday, received responses from over 2,500 people, including the public, fire fighters, police, staff and a wide range of other interested parties.