Future Northants

Give Your Views on New Councils In Northamptonshire

Consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire started on the 18th June. All residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county have the chance to have their say.

The eight local authorities in Northamptonshire are working on a proposal to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for a new local government framework for the county. The Secretary of State has said that the new arrangements  “must command a good deal of local support”, so stakeholders across the county have an opportunity to comment before a final proposal is submitted.

Formal consultation runs from 18 June until 22 July 2018.

You can have your say by going online to complete a questionnaire at www.futurenorthants.co.uk

To help understand the proposals, you can download the document “Future Northants“.

At the Future Northants site you can also find links to the best value report (previously discussed on the Signpost here) which concluded that the financial, cultural and governance problems at Northants County Council could not be solved in isolation and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities.

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked that the eight authorities in Northamptonshire submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:

  • A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.

Alongside the consultation website, copies of the consultation document and the questionnaire will also be available in libraries and local council offices from Monday, 25 June.

Please check the Daventry District Council website for details of venues where you can pick up a copy. (Note: no details available as of 21/06/18).

Councillor Chris Millar, Leader of Daventry District Council, said: “It’s really important that people living in Daventry District get involved and have their say as part of this important consultation on the future of their local councils, so please take the opportunity to share your views.”

A representative telephone survey will be carried out and a series of focus groups with representative groups of invited residents will also take place across the county, as well as engagement with other stakeholders.

Other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time, so it’s really important that people respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils for their comments on the proposal to be considered.

In addition to the criteria set out by the Secretary of State, Government has stated:

  • Only one proposal will be accepted, not a range of options
  • It must demonstrate clear potential for savings
  • It must command a good deal of local support
  • Due consideration should be given to recommendations in the Best Value Report
  • Any solution should prioritise the Government’s wider housing and growth agenda
  • Extensive consultation must be carried out

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