2010 will be remembered as a difficult year of transition across the UK, but especially in Harrow.
After Labour took control of Harrow Council from the Conservatives in May, the new administration was faced with a cut to its budget of £5million.
This will be followed next year with a cut in Harrow of £6.3m, announced by communities secretary Eric Pickles MP.
It is difficult to see how council services such as social care and education will not be affected. In October, 34 library staff were told they would lose their jobs.
Cynics would suggest that by imposing the heaviest of their cuts on local councils, the government is seeking to avoid blame for loss of services.
These kind of changes are difficult to stomach for residents who have paid their taxes and yet have seen them spent on bonuses for the bosses of state-owned banks who took our economy to the brink just two years ago.
In North Harrow, local businesses are counting the cost of losing the area's only major high street bank, the taxpayer-owned Lloyds TSB.
With these knock-on effects affecting trade and services in Harrow, anger is justified. We have seen large and violent protests against a rise in tuition fees, including students from the Harrow campus of the University of Westminster.
Protests in 2011 seem inevitable and a double-dip recession cannot be ruled out, but whatever the coming year holds, we hope it is a happy and healthy one for all our readers.