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Northampton Borough Council launches consultation on its draft budget proposals for 2013/14

Posted: 20/12/12 by Northampton Borough Council

Northampton Borough Council is inviting local people to have their say on budget plans to freeze council tax and make savings across the Council of £1.9 million.

The Council has published a range of proposals for savings and also for investments in areas such as increasing the visibility of park wardens and schemes to help deter young people from anti-social behaviour.

The proposals would see the Borough Council restructure departments and support services to contribute the majority of the overall savings that have to be made from internal efficiencies.

These include sharing services with other authorities through the LGSS scheme, which would bring a saving of more than £415,000 in the next financial year.

Other proposals to meet the budget shortfall of £1.9 million in the next financial year include a further review of the small number of the town’s network of CCTV cameras that are the least effective and reviewing the discretionary relief given to charities on their business rates.

Anyone interested in taking part in the consultation can see a copy of the draft budget online and then have their say on the proposals in a range of ways.

These are

  • Filling in the online survey
  • Coming along to a public consultation event on Thursday 24 January 2013 at the Guildhall at 6.30pm. People will have the opportunity to submit written questions in advance
  • Talk to the Leader of the Council at one of the budget consultation surgeries to be held at the Godwin Room in the Guildhall on Monday 28 January from 1.30pm to 3pm and Tuesday 29 January 2013 from 6pm to 7.30pm. No appointment necessary
  • Attend the community forums’ event dedicated to the budget at the Guildhall on Tuesday 22 January 2013 at 6.30pm
  • Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting, Thursday 31 January 2013 6pm

Councillor Alan Bottwood, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for finance, encouraged people to read the proposals and take part in the consultation.

“The budget proposals we have put forward represent our commitment to creating a well-managed organisation that can deliver change for local people while giving the very best value for residents’ money.

“We know these are challenging times for everyone and that any increase in costs is too difficult for people to manage at the moment, so we have once again proposed a freeze in council tax and looked at other ways to create savings and reduce costs.

“This is the opportunity for people to get involved and tell us what they think of our plans and this year, we are offering even more ways for people to get involved and have their say about our budget proposals.”

The consultation begins today, Thursday 20 December, and runs until Thursday 31 January 2013 and the Council has specifically asked Northamptonshire Chamber to invite its members to take part. More information is available at www.northampton.gov.uk/budget2013

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