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“It should be noted that the ability to sell the site in a foreseeable timeframe is uncertain”
“It is more important than ever that those charged with governance are able to make properly-informed decisions based on clear and robust information”
The housing and communities secretary extended the consultation period for reorganisation in Northamptonshire by four weeks on Thursday.
Government appoints commissioners for troubled county
“There is a danger that we’ll create councils that just won’t be financially sustainable if we’re not careful”
“This deal is clearly an example of short-termism and absolute financial mismanagement. It reeks of desperation”
Confusion over the use of capital receipts to fund Northamptonshire CC’s budget pressures also holding up sale process
The situation at Northamptonshire CC has underscored the need for councils to maintain transparent and robust financial governance procedures
KPMG to review all payments paid to staff who left Northamptonshire CC in the previous year
Using reserves is “now the only option available to us”, says acting leader Matthew Golby
Debate is raging over external auditors’ perceived failure to prevent prominent failings
A proposal for one unitary covering the county is “not an option”, according to the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government
Acting leader unveils new cabinet, including a new lead member for finance
Northamptonshire CC’s interim chief executive Damon Lawrenson is to leave his post next week
Damon Lawrenson warns more councils ‘may follow’ troubled county’s financial plight
Complaint responses were ‘defensive’ and ‘slightly chaotic’
LGC speaks to members about their “frustrating” experiences of sitting on the county council’s audit committee
Inspector finds districts and boroughs willing to help county achieve savings
We must improve our financial resilience in the face of never-ending austerity
Leaders of Northamptonshire’s district and borough councils have sent a meeting request to Sajid Javid to discuss other options
Inspector Max Caller finds a culture at Northamptonshire CC “where overspending is acceptable and there are no sanctions for failure”
The leader of Northamptonshire CC resigned with immediate effect, following the publication of a highly critical inspection report
Max Caller questions Northamptonshire’s work with LGSS
Recommendation commissioners should be sent in to run the troubled local authority before reorganisation is implemented in 2020
Allegations Northamptonshire CC used ringfenced money to prop up other services is being looked into
Northamptonshire CC’s leader Heather Smith has reportedly lost a vote of no confidence among her Conservative group – but still remains the council’s leader.
Bus subsidies ended and cuts to library service under plans for 2018-19, while section 114 spending controls will continue into the new year
Council had previously raised a safeguarding alert over care home
LGC’s commentary on today’s full council meeting at Northamptonshire CC
The cabinet will not be able to vote on the latest budget as its auditors have warned it is unlawful.
These past two weeks has been like nothing else before in terms of communications activity at Northamptonshire CC.
County council’s ability to set balanced budgets beyond 2018-19 will be dependent on further asset sales, chief finance officer warns
Consultancy firm Deloitte has been commissioned to look into reorganising Northamptonshire
Haringey’s departing leader speaks to LGC about the “intolerable” position councillors were put in over controversial joint venture project
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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An LGA peer review of Northamptonshire CC’s financial management found a culture of opaqueness and “gross overspend”
Seven Northamptonshire MPs sign a joint statement criticising the council’s senior leadership
Spending controls reflect severe financial strain on counties, according to CCN
Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy chief executive warns “a lot of” other councils in danger of issuing section 114 notices
Reduction to core services proposed in budget papers
Northamptonshire CC has issued a section 114 notice imposing immediate spending controls on the local authority
Northamptonshire CC is to bring adult social care services provided by a company it created back in house due to concerns over the firm’s financial viability.
County council’s current financial situation described as “exceptionally difficult”
Government will have chance to assess “for themselves” the financial pressures Northamptonshire CC has been warning about, says leader
An inspector has been appointed by the government to examine concerns regarding Northamptonshire CC’s financial management and governance.
Auditors have raised value for money issues at 30 councils in relation to 2016-17, the Public Sector Audit Appointments’ annual report reveals.