A £4m deficit facing the council's biggest spending department has been described as a financial “car crash.”
Spiralling costs, including a pay hike which took low paid workers onto a living wage, coupled with an inability to make cuts amid static income from rates, have led Environmental Services to spend £3.9m more than its budget.
News of the crises emerged from a Causeway Coast and Glens council meeting scheduled to take place behind closed doors last Tuesday evening.
It was discussed in open committee after members insisted that the public had a right to know the extent of the difficulties.
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