It`s going to be a huge challenge for Northamptonshire County Council to balance its books as it discusses its final budget proposals for this year today.
The crisis hit local authority had controls imposed on it last week meaning no new expenditure is allowed with the exception of safeguarding vulnerable people and statutory services.
The restrictions will mean spending plans may be subject to ongoing review.
The final budget proposals for 2018/19 include a council tax increase of 5.98%, including the 3% adult social care precept and taking into account the additional 1% increase permitted by the Secretary of State as part of the provisional Local Government Settlement.
The budget also features a revised proposal for library services, which would see the introduction of a community-managed library model but with more support for interested groups.
Under the new proposal, the county council would continue to provide financial support to the library service during 2018/19 as a transition year. Community managed libraries will then be established from April 1st 2019, with the authority paying a further year of rent in 2019/20 and the community responsible for utility costs.
There are also revised proposals relating to Trading Standards and the County Connect and Call Connect on-demand bus services.
Full details about the proposals can be found at https://cmis.northamptonshire.gov.uk/cmis5live/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/2926/Committee/399/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx.