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WARRINGTON
With debts of at least £1.6bn, Warrington council’s potential financial problems dwarf those of other local authority basket cases.

SURREY
A £91m “eco park” featuring a “gasifier” at Shepperton, due for completion in 2017, still isn’t finished and is unlikely to recoup much of the cash spent on it.

WALTHAM FOREST
After the council fitted supposedly fire safety compliant doors in four housing blocks and a 21-storey tower, all 217 have to be replaced, at a cost of £500,000.

CALDERDALE
New Blackpool South MP Scott Benton is still registered as a councillor in Calderdale and claiming his allowance of just under £900 a month.

ABERDEEN
2020’s UK councillor of the year is Aberdeen city council joint leader Jenny Laing, who has overseen traffic control measures that have caused chaos.


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