Draft budget proposals 2018/19

At Cabinet on 19 December, members approved the draft budget for consultation, which includes the proposed increase in Council Tax and a second set of proposals designed to help the council deliver a balanced budget in 2018/19.

Phase 1

The council consulted on a number of proposals as part of the Phase 1 draft budget consultation. This closed on 1 December.

Libraries

The council consulted on three options for the future of the library service. This closed on 13 January 2018. You can find out more about this consultation by visiting the review of library services webpage.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of our draft budget consultation launched on 20 December 2017 and runs until 30 January 2018. Details of how to have your say can be found below.

How can I take part in the consultation?

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

A list of the proposals under consultation during Phase 2 and the proposed fees and charges can be found at the link below. The cabinet paper gives details of the full draft budget and growth and savings proposals, including proposals that were consulted upon during Phase 1.

Equality Impact Assessments have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community.

There are a variety of ways for local people and organisations to have their say on the draft budget. These channels include:

  • In writing: Draft Budget and Council Plan Consultation, Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Northampton, NN1 1ED
  • Signing or submitting a petition or e-petition 

Scrutiny arrangements

A budget scrutiny process will also run during January 2018. Scrutiny is a means for councillors not in the cabinet to investigate local issues, influence the development of policies and services, and hold decision-makers to account.

Budget scrutiny involves councillors reviewing significant proposals from across the draft budget and reporting their conclusions about the deliverability of these proposals to the cabinet. In this way budget scrutiny assists in the development of the final budget proposals and supports local democracy.

Members of the public and representatives of community groups can contribute to budget scrutiny by giving councillors their views about which proposals they should scrutinise and about how particular budget proposals may affect services.

There will be opportunities to do so, as part of meetings of the council’s budget scrutiny working group taking place at County Hall, at the following times:

  • Wednesday 3 January 2018, 10.00am
    This meeting will be used by councillors to select budget proposals for more detailed scrutiny at later meetings
  • Monday 8 January, 10.00am
    Children, families and education
  • Monday 8 January, 2.00pm
    Public health and wellbeing
  • Wednesday 10 January, 3.30pm
    Strategic and corporate matters
  • Thursday 11 January, 12.00pm
    The environment, development and transport and commercial matters
  • Friday 19 January at 12.00pm (new date) 
    Adult social care (this meeting has been re-scheduled from 12 January)

Members of the public wishing to speak at any of these meetings are asked to give advance notice to assist with managing the meetings. Please email democraticsupport@northamptonshire.gov.uk 48 hours in advance of the meeting that you wish to attend giving your name and address and the point you wish to raise.

Scrutiny of the draft council budget happens at the same time as the council’s public consultation process but has a different focus. People who provide information to budget scrutiny are therefore also encouraged to use the consultation process to give their own views on the draft budget to the council.

When will a decision be made?

Your feedback 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?

Email: consult@northamptonshire.gov.uk  

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