Setting council budgets is a messy series of unattractive compromises

All councils face the pain of negotiating the least worst budget cuts for services like care homes and libraries

The news that Northamptonshire county council was unable to set a balanced budget for the next financial year and was effectively bankrupt, did not come as a surprise to many in the local government sector. Other councils have warned they are approaching this crisis point and will overspend their budgets.

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