Commissioners appointed to Northamptonshire County Council

Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire has revealed his decision to send commissioners into Northamptonshire County Council to ensure residents receive the high quality services they need.

Following the publication of an independent report which highlighted serious failings within the council, two commissioners would meet senior officials and councillors before beginning their work to help rebuild the authority. The commissioners will be led by Tony McArdle, former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council, and be supported by Brian Roberts, former deputy chief executive of Leicestershire County Council, and an expert in financial management.

Brokenshire, said: “Action of this kind is rare and is not taken lightly, but I simply cannot ignore the scale of the problems facing Northamptonshire. It is essential residents are able to have faith in their council, particularly in the responsible use of taxpayers’ money. That’s why I’m taking swift action by appointing commissioners who carry with them a wealth of experience. I am confident they will dedicate themselves to the task at hand.”

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