Improvement board to be established at Northamptonshire County Council

An independent improvement board is set to be created at Northamptonshire County Council to oversee the work to improve financial management and governance at the authority.

It follows the publication of the Government’s Best Value Inspection report in March, which highlighted issues around budget planning and financial forecasting at the county council and recommended external commissioners are appointed to assist with the council’s recovery.

Board membership

The board would be made up of county council members and officers as well as representatives from the borough and district councils, stakeholders and external advisors, and would work alongside the commissioners.

It would continue to be in place until any new system of unitary governance is established in Northamptonshire, also recommended following the Best Value Inspection.

County council leader Cllr Matthew Golby said: “We are committed to making the necessary improvements to our financial management and governance as highlighted by the Best Value Inspection.

“Establishing an independent improvement board is a key part of our journey as it will enable us to ensure the agreed improvements actions are implemented and help to restore public and stakeholder confidence in the council.

“By including representatives from the borough and district councils, it will also help with the transition to unitary government and enable closer working between the current tiers of local government.”

The creation of the improvement board will be discussed by Cabinet at a meeting next Tuesday (May 8th).

Public consultation

Cabinet will also discuss plans for a public consultation about the future of local government in Northamptonshire.

Residents and stakeholders will be given the opportunity to share their views on any future model for unitary governance in the county, before a formal proposal is submitted to the Secretary of State before the deadline of July 27th.

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