Northamptonshire: Full coverage on LGC
“I appreciate the real pressure the cabinet and… officers were operating under. However, this did not relieve the defendant of the need to act lawfully”
The council leader said that reviewing contracts with ’third party suppliers’ would remain a priority
In an explosive LGC interview Heather Smith defends her administration’s decisions and lashes out at members of her former party
It was when Northamptonshire CC issued its first section 114 notice that the penny finally began to drop in the political and public mind that local government faces a deepening and immediate financial crisis.
The council released a proposed action plan on Thursday, outlining “radical service reductions and efficiencies”
The revelation of the scale of Northamptonshire CC’s financial crisis shows how its previous regime was asleep on the job.
Former Northants section 151 officer said the then director of children’s services had a “strong” reluctance to contribute to savings during a financial crisis
Criticisms of senior management and their “defensive and non-compliant behaviour” approach to tackling savings in 2015 laid bare
Lead commissioner speaks to LGC about county council’s perilous financial state
A series of historic “inappropriate approaches” to budgeting are behind the decision to issue a second section 114 notice on the county council
“I am sorry to say it needs to be understood that we are now entering a phase never seen before and some very difficult decisions will have to be made”
Former Trafford MBC chief executive to replace Andrew Quincey
Volatility in children’s services spending could rapidly tip a series of councils over the financial cliff edge, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy has warned.
Interviews for a new chief executive begin today
Northamptonshire in deal with Public Health England
“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.
Lesley Hagger to depart ahead of the publication of an Ofsted report.
Government appoints commissioners for troubled county
Plans to set up an an improvement board aimed at monitoring the financial management and governance at Northamptonshire CC
“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