Nottingham City Council effectively declares itself bankrupt over ‘significant gap’ in budget | UK News

Nottingham City Council has declared itself effectively bankrupt after issuing a section 114 notice.

The local authority confirmed the announcement on Wednesday, saying its chief financial officer had decided it “isn’t able to deliver a balanced budget for this year, which is a legal requirement”.

As a result of the section 114 notice, all new spending – with the exception of protecting vulnerable people and statutory services – must stop immediately.

The council has come under financial pressures after its failed entry to the power market with Robin Hood Energy, as well as getting into trouble after spending ring-fenced funding for local housing needs in its general budget.

But the authority was also hit hard by changes to central government funding under the coalition government, as well as soaring inflation and growing costs around social care.

A statement from Nottingham City Council said its executive board met last week to discuss a report into its latest financial position, as rumours swirled the authority was on the brink of bankruptcy.

It said the reported highlighted that “a significant gap remains in the authority’s budget, due to issues affecting councils across the country, including an increased demand for children’s and adults’ social care, rising homelessness presentations and the impact of inflation”.   

But, it added: “Past issues relating to financial governance… and an overspend in the last financial year have also impacted on the council’s financial resilience and ability to draw on reserves.”

The council insistent it still had “sufficient financial resources to meet all of its current obligations” – including paying its staff and suppliers.

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