The leaders of the district and borough councils across Northamptonshire have acknowledged today’s statement by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, regarding Northamptonshire County Council. In this, he said that his department is writing to the county, districts and borough councils asking them to submit locally led proposals for new ways of delivering local government services in Northamptonshire.
Citing Mr Javid’s comments as a clear way forward in terms of the next steps they need to take, they have stated that the current arrangements for delivering local public services in the county need to change.
They added: “This is an opportunity to build a long-term, sustainable model for delivering services across the county and it should include a wider consideration of the delivery of public services, with the needs of residents at their very heart.”
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said:
“East Northamptonshire continues to be a prosperous district with many opportunities for growth and development in all areas including housing, business and community.
“Despite challenging local government finances, East Northamptonshire council remains well run and we’re in a reasonably sound financial position with a good asset base. We have excellent dedicated staff who are focussed on delivering good services for our residents and businesses and our customers have always been and always will be our main priority.
“East Northamptonshire is a great place to live, work and visit and this Council will continue to play its part in making it even better.”