Northamptonshire reveals plan to stabilise budget

Northamptonshire County Council has revealed how it intends to move towards stabilising its budget to make sure public services are more financially sustainable in the longer term.

Under the plans, the council aims to save an additional £20 million in 2018-19, on top of the £45 million in cuts already planned.

The plan includes a full schedule of proposed measures, savings and initiatives totalling almost £20 million to achieve this, including measures to increase the Council Tax base and reductions in agency staff. There will also be reductions in spending on highways and agency staff, with the latter reducing by 30 per cent in all areas, and highways spending facing a £350,000 cut this financial year, with a further £150,000 planned to go in 2019-20.

Matt Golby, leader of the council, said: “These are unprecedented times for us and as such we need a robust plan to address the financial challenges we now face. The Stabilisation Plan published today alongside our latest financial reports show how we are now moving firmly towards stabilising our budget position. However we are of course acutely aware that the challenge to deliver this plan is significant and as such we will now focus all our energy on doing so.”

The authority will be scrapped in 2020 to make way for a new unitary council.

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