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WELWYN HATFIELD CASE SENDS SHOCKWAVES THROUGH COUNCILS

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Last week's high court£48m ruling against Welwyn Hatfield DC could lead to the first local authority bankruptcy, a...
Last week's high court £48m ruling against Welwyn Hatfield DC could lead to the first local authority bankruptcy, according to The Times (public management, p24).

One possibility is that the council defaults on the damages, posing the question of whether bailiffs would be sent in. 'Few local authorities have a complete tally of their assets but it is difficult to see street lamps having much of a resale value,' writes David Walker.

The case might put at risk the future co-operation of firms if local authorities do not pay up, a local authority association officer told the paper.
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