Northamptonshire County Council today (TUES 11 DEC) launched a consultation on its draft budget for the coming year. There will be a number of ways for people to be able to have their say on the proposals over the next eight weeks.
Councillor Joan Kirkbride, cabinet member for business intelligence, performance and democracy, said: “It is vitally important that we hear from as many people as possible during this consultation period, as we all work together to find the best solutions. We appreciate that people are busy and don’t have much time to get involved, so this year we’ve put in place a number of quick ways for people to have a say.”
Ways to have a say include:
Finance and performance scrutiny committee
The draft budget will be examined by the council's finance and performance scrutiny committee which is inviting members of the public and community groups to attend one of the following meetings:
- Monday 17 December at 3pm in the Council Chamber– this meeting will give the opportunity to put forward proposals that should be selected for scrutiny
- Monday 7 January at 10am in the Blue Room – this meeting will give the opportunity for the public to comment specifically on environment, development and transport proposals
- Tuesday 8 January at 10am in the Blue Room – this meeting will give the opportunity for the public to comment specifically on adult and children’s services proposals
- Wednesday 9 January at 11am in Room 28 – this meeting will give the opportunity for the public to comment specifically on customers, communities and learning proposals
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to notify the council in advance by emailing JEdmunds@northamptonshire.gov.uk or calling 01604 366053.
People are also welcome to email their suggestions for proposals to scrutinise to JEdmunds@northamptonshire.gov.uk by 18th December.
The finance and performance scrutiny committee will agree its budget scrutiny review report on Wednesday 30 January in the Council Chamber in Northampton.
A significant number of these proposals were consulted upon as part of the budget consultation process last year, and would be expected to be implemented in line with the previously approved budget, unless they had been amended.
People have until 5th February to have their say.