Worried staff have been left guessing their fate tonight after council bosses announced they must save tens of millions of pounds - but haven't explained how they'll do it.
Today, Southampton City Council announced it was reversing a pay cut introduced by the previous conservative administration - as well as saving £40 million over the next two years. But, in its first mini budget, the leader only outlined savings of around 2.5 million.
So how will they claw back the rest of the deficit - and what does the future hold for staff and services. Richard Jones reports.