Illustrating the truth that once you get into trouble in one are all sorts of other problems may follow, Northants has now been officially told it should be abolished. Meanwhile Northamptonshire County Council also now faces a probe over public health spending. Apparently, it is now being queried whether Northants was in fact spending grant for public health spending on public health. If not, it may find itself returning the money on top of all its other cutbacks.
Brent Councillors might ponder some of comments on financial management in particular (according to the Guardian): "There was a lack of realism in business plans, and savings targets were
frequently not met. Senior councillors and officials ignored or evaded
criticism and challenge, it says, and budgets were set by without regard
to need, demand or deliverability. “Living within budget constraints is
not a part of the culture at NCC,” the report concludes.
The full report is available here.