The votes have been cast and counted and, for the successful candidates, the hard work of living up to pre-election promises is about to begin.
It’s easy to spend other people’s money, the difficult bit is learning how to spend it wisely on our behalf.
We are all familiar with the council’s front-line services, we see the staff performing their tasks every day.
Fewer of us are aware of the less obvious work undertaken behind the scenes.
Social services provide care and support to the vulnerable members of our community, everything from foster care to sorting out transport for disabled children to get to school.
They also offer assistance to carers of disabled people through the provision of respite (although the budget for this service has been cut this year).
Meals on wheels and home help enable our senior citizens to enjoy a better quality of life in their own homes.
It has been said that you can judge a society by how it treats the young and the elderly.
All these services are essential, although the general public don’t award many brownie points for a job well done.
When it comes to funding, it’s not always those who shout the loudest who are the most deserving – sometimes a less fortunate minority have a very valid claim. Now all we have to do is hope we’ve elected the right people for the job.