Leaders of the districts and borough councils across Northamptonshire stress that residents need to be at the heart of any discussions

Published: Thursday, 15th March 2018

Latest reaction to Inspector's report

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 Russell Roberts, Leader of Kettering Borough Council, said:

“These are proposals which we need to take seriously, but which should not and will not detract from the ongoing job of this Borough Council in providing the best services it can. I say to residents that we will have your interests at heart as we go forward in our discussions with the government, not the interest of existing institutions."