11 December 2012

Northamptonshire County Council’s draft budget marks the establishment of the county’s music and performing arts trust as an independent charitable company.

The draft budget outlines the savings of £100k that the council will make over the next two years as a result of the establishment of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and the removal of its council subsidy.

Peter Smalley, chief executive of the trust, said: “Since this time last year, the trust has undergone massive organisational changes and thanks are due to everyone who supported us during the process, especially the county council for the vision to establish the trust as an independent charitable company and create a sustainable structure, which will allow music and the arts for young people to continue to flourish in our county.”

Deputy Leader Joan Kirkbride said: “In tackling our financial challenges, we’ve had to look at how services can continue to be provided in different and innovative ways. This new operating model means the county continues to benefit from an award-winning music and performing arts services which can access funding from a variety of funding streams and be able to work with other organisations and partnerships.”

The draft budget also outlines the savings of £2.2 million expected to be achieved by 2014/15 as a result of a radical way of running Northamptonshire County Council’s highways and transport service

The council’s highways and transport department will merge with its current highways contractor MGWSP to form a single integrated team – Northamptonshire Highways.

Elected councillors working with a retained small team of highways and transport experts will still decide on which policies and standards the service should deliver.

However Northamptonshire Highways will deliver the service, bringing about efficiencies with a target saving of £2.2 million by 2014/2015.