Tis the season of goodwill - unless you live in Hammersmith & Fulham. The Tory council has just put up the cost of dying by increasing charges for being buried locally.
Now everyone's waiting to see where the axe will fall to pay for cuts in council tax. Council staff are leaving in droves to avoid the chop while others are 'celebrating' Christmas with redundancy notices.
Council leader Stephen Greenhalgh is already tucking into the mince pies, avoiding the flak by taking an early Christmas holiday. No doubt he'll return even blobbier in time for photos on Christmas Day with pensioners.
Not that they will want to celebrate the council's cuts to home helps and meals on wheels. The question everyone is asking is where will the axe fall next?
One small consolation is that local police are being asked to work 24/7 to tackle crime in parts of the borough. But guess what, only if local businesses will pay for it!
Scrooge has definitely arrived early in Hammersmith & Fulham.