York Councillors are being asked to appoint an individual investigator to look into allegations of malpractice at the York Council.
A decision on an appointment will be made at a meeting next week
The meeting will be held in private
No estimates of the likely cost of the new investigation have been published but it is likely to involve the use the Local Government Association.
It is the latest in a, long line of mishaps at the Council. Relations between officials and some members of the ruling coalition have been tense since two prominent Liberal Democrat Councillors were sacked from the Council Executive by the then Leader David Carr.
The LibDems were subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing although the costs to taxpayers of the investigation were estimated to be around £100,000.
Cllr Aspden was only reinstated as the Councils Deputy Leader last week
Cllr Carr was himself sacked as Council Leader and faced a disciplinary hearing which was held behind closed doors. The results of the meeting were not publicised but it is understood that Cllr Carr claimed that he was only following officer advice
Cllr Aspden – who lost his responsibility allowance while suspended from the Executive – said, after being cleared, that he would consider whether to seek compensation.