Children's services are likely to be one of the hardest-hit areas when Northamptonshire County Council makes cuts in order to balance its finances.
The county council issued a further section 114 notice this week banning any new expenditure.
Chief finance officer Mark McLaughlin had issued a first notice in February for the previous financial year.
But at an audit meeting yesterday, chief finance officer Mark McLaughlin admitted the budget for last year "won't balance", meaning a further £60m-£70m of cuts are needed.
"The council is actually a low spender on a lot of things, but a lot of attention will go on children's services where it's a big spender," he said.