A key update on the state of BCP Council's finances has been delayed - again.

A meeting of the corporate and community overview and scrutiny committee due to take place on Tuesday is expected to give an update on the budget related report.

However, despite the agenda being published as required, the report is not yet public.

It is not the first time a key report has been delayed on the council's finances in the past few months.

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During the summer, a significant report on the beach hut scheme was delayed with the meeting later postponed.

BCP Council leader, Drew Mellor, said: “The external financial environment is changing rapidly, including announcements from central government about what support might be available to individuals, businesses and public services.

"In particular, the Chancellor’s fiscal event today may set out initiatives that would impact our budget forecast.

"With this in mind, cabinet and officers have made the decision to release the report as soon as possible, allowing us to take today’s announcements into consideration and present the most up-to-date picture of our finances as possible.

"In recognition of this, we have extended the deadline for public questions to 9am on Tuesday 27 September.”

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A meeting earlier this month of the same committee saw members probe BCP Council leadership in a bid to get clear answers over the state of the budget.

The local authority faces a “material funding gap” for next year thanks to the failed proposal to sell-off the council’s beach huts to fund £50million worth of transformation.

The council’s so-called “innovative” plans were torpedoed by the government in a highly-critical intervention earlier this month.

Following this, it was confirmed the council had asked the government for £76million over three years, including £20million in the current year, to mainly fund transformation.

The latest letter from the government came from Government minister Paul Scully to Cllr Mellor on Friday September 2.

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He said while saying he was minded to offer BCP Council £20million, “I want to reiterate that I continue to have significant concerns about the present financial strategic direction of the Council and urge you to consider what action is needed to ensure the Council remains in a sustainable position.”

The council face raising council tax and selling off assets to meet the government's stipulations.

A report to members in August stated services could change and suggested a list of “non-core assets” are drawn up which could be disposed of.

Deputy leader Cllr Phil Broadhead tweeted yesterday that: "Government has offered us the ability to spread the cost of our transformation programme over a longer period rather than fund it through the release of value from our assets. We’ve been determined not to fund council service improvements prog through sale of countless assets."

A spokesperson for BCP Council said the advice from the government had not changed and no further letters had been received from government.