Sunday 4 February 2018 / 2:51 PM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government

Andrew Gwynne MP backs local calls for commissioners to be called into bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, has backed calls by Labour prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in Northamptonshire for commissioners to be called in to run Northamptonshire County Council.

On Friday it emerged that the Council has had to issue a section 114 notice which bans new expenditure. Local Labour parliamentary candidates Sally Keeble, (Northampton North), Gareth Eales, (Northampton South), and Beth Miller, (Corby and East Northamptonshire) have written to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid asking him to send in the commissioners.

In their letter the candidates say:

“We are especially concerned about the impact of this failure on the most vulnerable people in our community: children in need, the elderly and vulnerable adults.

“The administration’s catastrophic mismanagement of services and finances, for example by the building of an expensive new headquarters which is now recommended for sale and leaseback, has precipitated the current crisis.”

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“The failure of this Tory-run council is the result of a perfect storm of chronic underfunding and catastrophic Tory mismanagement.

“Labour’s local parliamentary candidates are absolutely right – the government must send in commissioners to sort this mess out.

“Next week, the Government must use the Local Government Finance Settlement to provide genuinely new money to fund our public services. This situation cannot be allowed to be repeated.”

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