Joint chief executive for Cherwell and Oxfordshire councils

County councillors in Oxfordshire have approved a proposal for a joint chief executive with Cherwell District Council, while retaining budgets and decision-making processes.

Cherwell District Council’s full council have yet to approve the proposal fully, but, if agreed, the move would see Yvonne Rees, the joint chief executive of Cherwell and South Northamptonshire Council become the chief executive of Cherwell and Oxfordshire councils.

A local government review in Northamptonshire following the county council’s much-publicised financial problems led to Cherwell District Council deciding to end their partnership with South Northamptonshire.

Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to do things differently with opportunities to align our services. There are great opportunities to align housing and social care, public health and leisure and strategic and local planning

“We are keen to work with Cherwell to ensure its residents continue to receive good services. The county council also believes a joint arrangement would help to secure investment in the infrastructure needed to support increases in jobs and homes. The well documented problems in Northamptonshire created this unique opportunity for a county-district shared service arrangement. We now await the decision of the full council meeting at Cherwell District Council.”