13 October 2010

The state of Northamptonshire County Council’s finances will form part of a series of public meetings held across the county this month.

Cabinet members and directors will be outlining the financial challenges ahead for the local authority during six public meetings, which have been organised by Northamptonshire Police Authority

People attending the meeting will be told what the current financial picture is at the county council, where our money comes from and what we spend it on and an overview of the pressures we will face following the announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The sessions will also update the public on the county council’s successful You Choose campaign, which asked the public what services were most important to them. The results of the You Choose consultation will also be discussed.

Northamptonshire Police Authority has organised the meetings together with Northamptonshire Police and partner agencies, in an attempt to engage with members of the public on the priorities they think the agencies should be focusing on in their area and across the county.

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Cllr Jim Harker said: “It is important for us to listen to local residents’ opinions on the tough decisions we will have to make about inevitable spending cuts, to ensure that their voices are being heard during this difficult period. It is no secret that we are facing unprecedented financial challenges, with estimates that by 2014 we will need to save at least £100 million.

“The comprehensive spending review will give us a real indication of where the pressures will be and help us plan our budget”

The meetings will be held;

  • Thursday 14th October, Pen Green Centre, Corby
  • Monday 25th October, Sir Christopher Hatton School, Wellingborough
  • Tuesday 2nd November, Caroline Chisholm School, Northampton
  • Monday 8th November, Prince William School, East Northamptonshire
  • Wednesday 17th November, Magdalen School, Brackley
  • Wednesday 24th November, Montsaye Community College, Kettering

To reserve your place contact Anna Launay on 01604 887435 or by e-mail at annal@northants-pa.gov.uk