17 January 2011

Cabinet members and managers will be on hand to answer questions on Northamptonshire County Council’s budget proposals at special Question Time events taking place later this month.

In December the council published budget proposals to show how it would save up to £68m in the next financial year to help it face up to the pressures of huge cuts in government funding and massive increases in demands for services.

And with the consultation now more than half way through members of the public are being reminded to sign up to the Question Time sessions where they will get the chance to question a panel of councillors and managers about the proposals.

The events are happening at Britannia House in Northampton on January 25th and at Kettering Conference Centre on January 27th. Both events will run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. People need to register their attendance and put forward any questions they wish to ask which will help kick off the discussions.

Cabinet member for strategy, communications and external relations, Cllr David Mackintosh said: “These events will give people an excellent opportunity to come and hear more about our budget proposals and more importantly get the opportunity to then ask questions of us about our proposals.

“So far thousands of people have visited our website to take a look at the proposals and many of those have given us their comments while we have also received petitions and many comment cards.

“We are very pleased that people are taking the opportunity to have their say and these events give people the chance to put forward their questions and make their point direct to cabinet members and directors.”

Anyone wanting to attend one of the events should register using the form at www.youchoosencc.wordpress.com/events, email youchoose@northamptonshire.gov.uk or telephone 01604 236236. Anyone wishing to pose a set question is asked to provide this along with their registration to make sure the general items for debate are known so the right people are on the panel.