Northamptonshire County Council has banned any new expenditure as it faces investigation into financial problems.
The Director of Finance imposed immediate spending controls meaning the council will not be able to authorise any new spending with the exception of statutory services for safeguarding vulnerable people.
Allegations of financial failings at Northamptonshire County Council are currently being investigated by the government.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid made the announcement in response to concerns about financial management and governance at the authority.
Council leaders welcomed the review and say the authority has always been "open and transparent".
Three Labour parliamentary candidates in the county have called on the government to send commissioners to take over the running of the council.