Scandal-hit Doncaster MBC has been formally placed under government control, with a new chief executive and three commissioners taking over day-to-day running of the authority.
Local government minister Bob Neill told Parliament he hoped the move would restore a measure of order to the troubled body.
“I believe the intervention package we have now put in place will secure the progress that Doncaster has already begun to make, and enable necessary further significant improvements to be made,” he said. “We are very grateful to the Local Government Association and others within the local government sector who have helped in the development of this intervention package.
“The mayor, members and officers at Doncaster, with the support this intervention package gives, now have the opportunity to address, and once and for all resolve, the long standing problems at that council so that it can provide the services and local leadership the people of Doncaster have the right to expect.”
Doncaster will be led by chief executive Rob Vincent, who will be supported by three commissioners. Mr Vincent will recommend appointments for the senior roles of monitoring officer and chief finance officer by the end of October.
It has also emerged that the former Labour leader of Rotherham Council, Mark Edgell, will act as mentor to English Democrat mayor Peter Davies.