Struggling council may have to sell its new HQ …

Bet that caused a few palpitations and raised blood pressure in East Devon! But it’s Northamptonshire which has banned all but essential services spending.

“A cash-strapped local authority has imposed emergency spending controls as it faces “severe financial challenges”.

The section 114 notice bans all new expenditure at Northamptonshire County Council, with the exception of statutory services for protecting vulnerable people.

Last month the government said an inspector would look into allegations of financial failings at the authority.

It is believed to be the first such notice issued in more than 20 years…

The Conservative-led council announced in December that it was looking to increase council tax by almost 5% as it sought to make savings of £34.3m.
At the time, council leaders claimed they were facing huge demand for services, as well as cuts in government grants.

It was revealed in January the authority was considering selling its new £53m headquarters, which officially opened in October.

One Angel Square was designed to save money by closing 12 offices and making best use of a new office block. …”