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Emergency cuts could be made to services if Northamptonshire County Council fails to sell HQ, finance chief warns

Extra and immediate cuts to County Hall's already severe budget plan would need to be made... if its One Angel Square headquarters is not sold come April.
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Cabinet members quiz director of finance over the section 114 issued earlier this month Mark McLaughlin

Cabinet members face calls to resign from members of the public at Northamptonshire County Council meeting

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet members were asked to step down by members of the public speakers at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
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One Angel Square

Broadcast of Northamptonshire County Council public meetings ends due to spending control measures

Northamptonshire County Council's public meetings will not be broadcast live while spending limits are in place at the authority.

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Trading standards will be able to catch out fewer shopkeepers, although the budget cuts will be less severe than announced last December

Changes to cuts of bus services, trading standards and libraries as Northamptonshire County Council amends plans

County Hall has this week amended some of its plans, published in December 2017, to raise funds and cut services.

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Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

OPINION: Why the leader of Northamptonshire County Council has to resign

Today, this newspaper and our sister papers across the county, are calling on the leader of Northamptonshire County Council to resign.

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Councillor Heather Smith, leader of Northamptonshire County Council

'Now is not the time for changes in leadership': under-pressure Northamptonshire County Council leader

The under-fire leader of Northamptonshire County Council said she will not resign after more than half of her Tory colleagues called for the Government to take over running the council.

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Half of the backbench members of Northamptonshire County Council's Conservative Group signed the statement

Backbenchers accuse own leaders at Northamptonshire County Council of hiding true state of awful finances

Half of the backbench members of Northamptonshire County Council's Conservative Group have signed a statement endorsing and supporting the county's seven MPs' view on the authority's leadership.
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Peter Bone MP addresses the House of Commons

Wellingborough MP calls for Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet to "go now"

Peter Bone has called for Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet to all "go now".

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Clockwise from left: Andrew Gwynne, Jeremy Corbyn, Chris Stanbra and Margot Parker

Who said what in wake of Northamptonshire County Council section 114 announcement?

A party leader, financial experts, a shadow secretary of state, county councillors and an MEP.
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Leader of the council Heather Smith says there are some "tough decisions" ahead.

BREAKING: Northamptonshire's libraries will stay open another year but communities must take over, says final budget plan

Northamptonshire's at-risk libraries look set to be handed over to communities in the next two years under county council cuts.
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Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

Inspector's report 'only thing that counts not critical statement from MPs', says under-fire leader of Northamptonshire County Council

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has dismissed damning criticism from seven MPs as "nothing new" and says the inspection report is "the only thing that counts".
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Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith

BREAKING NEWS: County MPs 'have no faith in leadership of Northamptonshire County Council' and want Government to take over

All seven of Northamptonshire's Conservative MPs released a statement on Sunday night saying they had no faith in Tory administration of the county council.
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Jeremy Corbyn told a Labour conference that Northamptonshire County Council was "effectively bankrupt".

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Northamptonshire County Council is effectively bankrupt'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has labelled Northamptonshire County Council "effectively bankrupt" in a speech today.

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Leader of the council Heather Smith and her cabinet has been accused of "catastrophic failures" by Northamptonshire's labour group.

Government must step in and run Northamptonshire County Council after Tory leadership's 'catastrophic failings', says Labour

Labour parliamentary candidates have called on the communities secretary to step in and run Northamptonshire County Council after the authority imposed spending controls on itself yesterday.

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One Angel Square

BREAKING NEWS: Immediate spending controls put in place at Northamptonshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council’s director of finance has today issued a section 114 notice imposing immediate spending controls on the organisation.
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Service users at Brackley Library held a protest about the proposed library changes

Joint response from all borough and district councils on proposed library closures

All of the county’s borough and district councils have come together to respond to proposals which could see up to 28 libraries close.

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The CCN statement chimes with the views of county hall that an urgent review of the Government funding model - based on populations in 2013 - needs to take place

Northamptonshire had biggest rise in elderly of any county council area - but independent body says Whitehall funding fails to recognise it

The number of elderly people in county local authority areas has risen by half a million in just three years alone.

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Northamptonshire County Council says they will challenge the ombudsman's recommendations.

County council told to 'put things right' after Northamptonshire man foots £17,000 bill to cover gaps in care

Northamptonshire County Council has been scolded and told to "accept its faults" after a man was forced to pay more than £17,000 in private care costs for services he should have received from the local authority.
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Max Caller (Source: Linkedin)

Who is Max Caller CBE - the man appointed to head up Government's Northamptonshire County Council investigation?

This week saw the announcement of a Government investigation into the state of Northamptonshire County Council's finances and the appointment of Max Caller CBE as the man to lead the inspection.
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Members of Save Northants Services pictured in January 2017

'Refusal to raise tax, austerity and policies favouring private sector to blame for Northamptonshire County Council woes'

A Northamptonshire campaign group has blamed the county council's refusal to raise council tax, austerity measures and policies which favoured the private sector for the current state of affairs at One Angel Square.
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