Phase 1 draft budget proposals 2018/19

These proposals set out the start of our plans to deliver a balanced budget for 2018/19 to make sure we have enough money to deliver our key services.

Phase 1

In Phase 1, we are consulting early on proposals where we might need to meet contractual or procurement deadlines, where we may need to consult with staff, or where there is a chance of starting to make savings in 2017/18. For Phase 1, these add up to a value of £9.6m.

The consultation on Phase 1 of the budget proposals covered by this survey will run for six weeks, from 20 October 2017 to 1 December 2017. 

The consultation timescales for two proposals (review of Library Services and review of Short Breaks service) are running to a different timescale and details, including how to respond to those individual consultations, are given below.

Phase 2

In December, we will launch Phase 2 of our consultation, which will be our consultation on the draft budget. Phase 2 will also include consultation on the level of Council Tax we propose to set for 2018/19 and have more proposals on how we will manage next year’s budget.

Details about the consultation on Phase 2 of the budget proposals will be announced in December. If you would like to be notified when Phase 2 of this consultation launches, please email

How can I take part in Phase 1? 

Please read the related documents to gain a better understanding of the budget proposals before you comment on them.

The Cabinet Paper gives details of all the budget proposals in Phase 1, and Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community.

Please note that supporting information included in the surveys about the average bus subsidy per passenger has been updated with corrected information received from our contractors / operators.

There are a variety of ways for local people and organisations to have their say about Phase 1 of the Council's Budget Proposals during the six-week consultation period.

These channels include:

You can also hold your own discussions, and feed back as a group, by using the information slides and feedback form below. The form can be sent to us by post using the postal address on this page or by emailing to

Lastly, due to the volume of consultation responses likely to be received, we would like to advise consultees that we will not be able to answer questions about specific issues during the draft budget consultation.   

Drop-in public consultation events

Drop-in public consultation events are being held across the two Council Budget 2018/19 consultation phases.

All interested parties are welcome to attend. County Councillors and Lead Service Officers will be present to listen to your feedback on all the budget proposals. 

The dates of the events are:

Phase One:

  • South Northamptonshire District Area
    • Thursday 16 November, 4pm to 7:30pm – Riverside Resource Centre, Islington Road, Towcester NN12 6AU
  • Northampton Borough Area
    • Wednesday 22 November, 4pm to 7:30pm – Carnegie Room, Northampton Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton NN1 2BA
  • Wellingborough Borough Area
    • Tuesday 28 November, 4pm to 7:30pm – Oxford Street Resource Centre, 38 Oxford Street, Wellingborough NN8 4JG
  • Corby Borough Area
    • Thursday 30 November, 4pm to 7:30pm – Patrick Road Resource Centre, Patrick Road, Corby NN18 9NT

Phase Two:

  • Daventry District Area – Date and venue to be announced
  • East Northamptonshire District Area - Date and venue to be announced
  • Kettering Borough Area – Date and venue to be announced
  • Northampton – Date and venue to be announced

We welcome you getting in touch if you have any particular requirements by emailing or by calling 0300 126 1000.

Libraries and Short Breaks service reviews

The proposals relating to the libraries review and the review of the Short Breaks service have their own separate surveys.

Complete the libraries review survey (closing date 13 January 2018):

Complete the Short Breaks survey (closing date 6 December 2017):

When will a decision be made?

Your feedback on both phases of consultation is really important to us, and all consultation feedback from both phases will be analysed and considered, and will help Councillors make a final decision.

Councillors will make a final decision on the Budget at the Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018.

This is held in public and you have the right to speak at the meeting:

Who can I talk to about this consultation?


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