Thursday 15 March 2018 / 11:53 AM Andrew Gwynne / Local Government

Tory Government turned a blind eye on Northamptonshire County Council – Gwynne

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on the Northamptonshire County Council Best Value Inspection report published today, said:

“This report is a damning verdict on the running of Tory controlled Northamptonshire County Council. Despite repeated warnings over the council’s catastrophic mismanagement of services and finances this Tory Government turned a blind eye, something for which they must be held accountable.

“Not long ago, the Government was attacking Councils for ‘pleading poverty’ and urging them to spend their reserves – and the mess at Northamptonshire bears testament to how much of a mistake this was.

“The Government can no longer ignore this crisis and need to finally act on the recommendation of inspectors and heed Labour’s calls to send in commissioners.

“After almost eight years of Tory austerity, we know it is not working. It’s not working for Northamptonshire and it’s not working for England. We need to elect as many Labour councillors as possible on 3 May to stand up to the Conservatives’ cuts.”