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These past two weeks has been like nothing else before in terms of communications activity at Northamptonshire CC.
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MHCLG says assertion more councils could be set to issue section 114 notices within the next three years is “not consistent” with information it has
So the inevitable has happened and Northamptonshire CC has finally plunged into the abyss, quite possibly for good, by issuing a section 114 notice.
Northamptonshire CC’s projected in-year overspend has doubled in the space of a matter of weeks, while the authority claims “only” becoming a unitary can significantly reduce costs.
Reading about the financial crisis engulfing Northamptonshire CC is painful for me and I’m sure most chief executives in local government. The predicament Northamptonshire currently faces may be unique, issuing the first section 114 notice in nearly two decades, but the challenges they face are very familiar.
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Northamptonshire CC has issued a section 114 notice imposing immediate spending controls on the local authority
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Government will have chance to assess “for themselves” the financial pressures Northamptonshire CC has been warning about, says leader
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