Health care and education in the Isle of Man should be safeguarded, even at the expense of services provided by other departments.
That's the view of a candidate for Douglas West in next month's general election.
Retired fireman John Skinner says cuts are necessary, but they shouldn't come at the expense of certain key services (listen to audio file below):
Mr Skinner is currently one of five people who have declared in the two-seat constituency of West Douglas. The others are sitting members Geoff Corkish and John Shimmin, and challengers Martin Moore and Chris Thomas.