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Top stories in this issue (1518):

SCOTTISH BORDERS
Council facing eye-popping levels of debt to the Public Works Loan Board after borrowing to plug funding shortfall.

CHESHIRE EAST
Despite seven police investigations linked to the council since 2015, the Crown Prosecution are “still reviewing” the case.

YORK
No sign of the £95,000 cap on public sector payoffs, as chief executive departs with £400,000 to cushion the blow.

SOMERSET
The spectacularly mismanaged merger of two district councils has gone significantly over budget, say auditors.

SHEFFIELD
Senior staff marked emails “legally privileged – not subject to FOI” to prevent information about the disastrous tree-felling saga being released.

FOLKESTONE AND HYTHE
One Labour councillor defects to the Tories in a controversial planning vote, and is rewarded with a cabinet post (and the £10,866) that goes with it.


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