1. ITV Report

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council approves massive cuts

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council has approved huge cuts to jobs and services in a bid to fill a £70 million black hole in its budget.

The action plan was backed during a crisis meeting on Thursday, although it's not clear yet where the "radical" cuts will fall.

Outside County Hall, there were once again demonstrations, while there was also anger from inside the meeting hall from a member of the public who was furious that 15 Conservative councillors failed to turn up.

Protestors gathered outside County Hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The authority is in dire financial trouble, and the government took the unprecedented step of sending in commissioners to run the council earlier this year.

“The budget recovery action plan and the approval of our core services demonstrates our commitment to making the difficult but necessary decisions to stabilise our budget," County council leader Cllr Matt Golby said.

“This will not be an easy process and there will be difficult decisions ahead, but we are determined to protect services for the most vulnerable in our communities while bringing the council’s spending under control.”