Northants Council is going through its death throes, spending the last of its reserves on plugging the holes in its budget. That will either leave it this year to implement further cuts during the course of the year to make it balance for next year or, more likely the SoS will abolish it in this financial year.
Either way it is a dreadful warning against the consequences of setting illegal budgets, needs based budgets and all the rest of such nonsense.
Sadly, it will not put Northants out of its misery. Whatever the new replacement body(bodies) are will then be faced with the same financial problems, and will other Councils some time soon.