Friday 11th May, 2018
Two government-appointed commissioners have been sent in to run the financially troubled council. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Tony McArdle and Brian Roberts would be in place at Northamptonshire County Council until 2021. It comes after spending controls were imposed in February, but the council has since managed to balance its books. The BBC reports that earlier this year a government report found serious failings at the council and said it should be scrapped. When the report was issued the authority had a projected £21.1m overspend for 2017-18. It prompted Mr Brokenshire's predecessor Sajid Javid to say he was "minded" to send in the commissioner.