THE investigation into the council’s handling of a historic safeguarding case is believed to have cost in the region of £120,000.

Conservative, Cllr Bob Caserta, asked at the full council meeting last week, what the ‘financial impact’ of the human resources procedures were.

Labour’s council leader, Cllr Rishi Shori responded with “£120,000” and called the figure ‘fluid’, adding: “Hopefully not too fluid.”

The investigation has so far led to the resignation of two top council officers, chief executive Mike Owen and children’s services director Mark Carriline.

The investigation relates to whether correct procedures were followed after a councillor was accused of making indecent images of children.