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HIGHLANDS
When she arrived in 2018, chief exec Donna Manson’s senior management restructure was supposed to rein in spending. But her maths seems to have gone awry.

NORFOLK & LINCOLNSHIRE
Nathan Elvery was sacked by West Sussex with a £265,000 payoff last year, but it hasn’t stopped him picking up roles in Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

CROYDON
With total debts at £1.5bn, first Simon Hall and then Tony Newman announced they were standing down as cabinet member for finance and council leader respectively.

HALTON
The collapse of Halton Borough Transport in January came as a surprise to locals: the municipal bus company had been signed off as a going concern only a month earlier.

EALING
A contract to consult on “low traffic neighbourhoods” has gone to Commonplace Digital Ltd, whose sales and public affairs manager is… an Ealing councillor.

HACKNEY
A survey of the “edible forest” planted on Hackney Marshes found that 70 percent of the 10,000 trees have died – twice as many as conceded by the council in August.


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