A crisis-hit council that is millions of pounds overspent on its budget is to offload libraries on to the community to try to keep them open.

Northamptonshire County Council will continue to manage 14 of them and support a further five – with the remaining 17 to be community-managed.

The scheme was revealed as part of the council’s budget for 2019-20.

The authority, which has twice banned spending in 2018, must make savings of £42.9m in 2019-20.

Council leader Matt Golby stressed there would be no further major effects on frontline services, with savings met through improved financial management.

The authority’s plan also includes re-investing

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