Northamptonshire County Council to be investigated

Sajid Javid has appointed an inspector to investigate concerns of financial management and governance at Northamptonshire County Council.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, working under an extended brief following Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, has appointed Max Caller to complete a report under the Local Government Act 1999, which allows for an independent inspection to better understand whether a council is complying with its ‘best value’ duty.

Javid said: “My decision to appoint an inspector is not taken lightly. I hope it sends a strong signal that robust processes are in place to investigate allegations of failures in financial management and governance in local government.”

The best value duty was introduced in England and Wales by the Local Government Act 1999. Its provisions came into force in April 2000. The aim was to improve local services in terms of both cost and quality.

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