18 May 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s You Choose campaign has been featured on this week’s Panorama programme (Monday 17th May).

The You Choose campaign is a major consultation exercise being carried out by the county council to find out what the residents of Northamptonshire think about the future of council services.

A BBC research team and Panorama presenter Shelley Jofre visited two of the You Choose road shows that took place in Northampton and Kettering to find out more and speak to county residents about the campaign.

The You Choose campaign aims to gather feedback from as many county residents as possible to find out what services they value the most and how they think public money can be saved. The county council needs to save around £100 million in the next few years and to do this, needs to make radical and complete changes to the services it provides.

Leader of the county council Councillor Jim Harker, who was interviewed as part of the programme, said: “We were pleased to be able to take part in the Panorama programme as it was an opportunity to demonstrate the work we are doing to tackle the unprecedented financial challenges Northamptonshire is currently facing.

“Like most local authorities across the country, we are having to look at the future of our services to see what we should be prioritising and focusing on. However, we believe that we can only make these decisions by involving county residents which is why we are carrying out this You Choose campaign.

“Over the past three months we have been visiting towns and community groups across the county to find out what people think and have received thousands of comments back from residents.

“We are now collating this feedback but it’s not too late to have your say, our You Choose website is open until the end of May at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/youchoose and we really want your comments.”

Additional information:

The Panorama programme about budget cuts is available this week on the BBC iPlayer www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/