Resources are needed to keep councils away from the precipice

It is becoming more clear a further injection of resources will be needed to stop more councils going over the edge – even those that are well managed, says Simon Edwards.

Birmingham City Council's announcement this month that it was issuing a section 114 notice felt a bit like déjà-vu at the County Councils' Network (CCN).

The media's attention soon turned to speculation on who could be next, much like when Northamptonshire CC issued a s114 notice back in 2018 – the last local authority of comparable size to Birmingham to do so.

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