Report on future of Northants councils published Friday, 17 August 2018

The proposed local government reform submission papers will be available on Northamptonshire councils’ websites from 3pm on Friday 17 August 2018.

Published: Thursday, 16th August 2018

The proposed local government reform submission papers will be available on Northamptonshire councils’ websites from 3pm on Friday 17 August 2018.

In South Northants, councillors will meet on 30th August. Details of the meeting can be found via the online meeting agenda where those papers will be available from Friday, 17 at approximately 3pm.

A response to the Secretary of State’s invitation to “submit proposals on restructuring local government” has been drafted by all eight authorities in Northamptonshire.

Ahead of meetings taking place across the county week commencing 27 August, a proposed submission, consultation results and the Price Waterhouse Cooper report will be available online this Friday.

Following a county-wide consultation exercise, a proposed submission has been drafted by all eight authorities in Northamptonshire.

This will be discussed by councillors at meetings across the county week commencing 27 August.

In South Northants, councillors will meet on 30th August.

All eight authorities in Northamptonshire have been invited by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to 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

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

If two or more councils decide to submit the proposal, it will be sent to the government on 31 August, signed by those who have decided to do so.