District and Borough Councils respond to government inspector's report on Northamptonshire County Council

Published: Thursday, 15 March 2018

Northampton Borough and other district and borough councils across the county have given their response to the government inspector's report on Northamptonshire County Council.

In the light of the Northamptonshire County Council Best Value report released today, the Leaders of the Districts and Borough Councils across Northamptonshire have said they acknowledge the enormity of the situation in Northamptonshire, both historic and ongoing, and recognise the national challenges posed by the delivery of services such as Children’s and Adult Social Care.

However, they have stated that they do not believe that a unitary model suggested in the report is the only way forward.

They stress that residents need to be at the heart of any solutions to the challenges posed and that  any proposals considered in response to the County Council’s issues must be sustainable, long-term, and in the best interests of residents.

They say that based on their current understanding of the issues, they believe they have suggestions that can contribute towards a solution that works for residents.

They have also requested a meeting with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss the situation and explore whatever potential solutions may exist in the best interests of residents.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It will be no surprise to anyone that we have already given a potential switch to unitary very careful consideration.

“We need to know that any proposal will definitely solve the problems which exist, and big questions remain over how delivery of things like children’s services and adult social care can be achieved without impacting on the provision of the other services which residents tell us are of great importance to them.

“We fully acknowledge and understand the thrust of the report, and are committed to working with all concerned towards delivering a solution. Whatever happens, I have to put the residents of Northampton first.”