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Ministers step in at Woking council as debts forecast to reach £2.4bn

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Woking borough council in Surrey is to be overseen by a team of expert commissioners.

Government review reveals staggering scale of authority's borrowing spree has left it on verge of effective bankruptcy.

Council will have debts of 2.4bn by 2026, 100 times the size of its annual 24m budget.

Residents now face drastic cuts to local public services as 11m is axed from its budget over the next three years.

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