Review Into Northants Council's Finances

10 January 2018, 09:16

Sajid Javid

The Government has ordered a review into the financial management of Northamptonshire County Council.

The Government has ordered a review into the financial management of Northamptonshire County Council.

Sajid Javid says he wants to better understand if the authority is living up to it's legal requirements for value for money.

 Mr Javid said: "My decision to appoint an inspector is not taken lightly. I hope it sends a strong signal that robust processes are in place to investigate allegations of failures in financial management and governance in local government."

The Council say they have been very clear with the Government about the financial squeeze the authority's facing.

Council leader Heather Smith said: "We welcome the announcement that the Government will be conducting a best value inspection in Northamptonshire.

"We have been very clear with senior Government ministers and civil servants about the issues facing the county and the growing financial pressures we are facing.

"This announcement means they will be coming to the county to assess the situation for themselves and be able to see how we have continued to deliver public services in an ever challenging financial context.

"We have been fully open and transparent with the Government about our situation and have been direct in our request for assistance.

"We have also been clear that our proposed funding settlement from them includes no recognition of the pressures we face with the escalating cost of, and demand for, adult social care and children's services respectively.

"We look forward to the next stage of the conversation that this inspection will necessitate."