Northamptonshire CC members vote in favour of unitary proposals

Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council have voted in favour of proposals to create a unitary authority at its full council meeting today.

The financially-struggling authority has had to make ‘radical’ cuts to services in order to make savings against a £70m budget deficit in the past month — with services being reduced to a bare-bones ‘core offer,’ some have proposed splitting the region by replacing the current eight local authorities into two councils.

Today, the council voted in favour of submitting the unitary authority plans — known as the Northamptonshire Local Government Reform Proposal — as well as voting in favour of endorsing the chief executive to use resources (up to a maximum of £500k) to kickstart the process of forming the two unitary authorities.

All four votes for the unitary proposals were voted in favour of; including ‘Vote 4,’ which approved the interim governance structure in preparation for shadow authorities to be created during the merger.

However, some councillors highlighted their opposition to the plans: Liberal Democrat Councillor Chris Stanbra said the government is pushing Northamptonshire CC into the unitary proposals.

He added: “This is being proposed by the government — ministers should be ashamed of themselves. They have subverted democracy.”

Conservative Cllr Dudley Hughes said dealing with soaring demand in children’s services with less funds is an “impossible situation.”

He added: “I have been a councillor for 20 years. I am ashamed we are going to forfeit democracy in order for expediency.” Cllr Hughes said encouragement from central government for the unitary merger “is the death of democracy. This is the democracy of Putin. We need to have the government taking responsibility for the situation we are in.”

Other council members went even further to condemn the proposals: Labour’s Cllr Gareth Eales opposed the proposals as a “sham.” He added: “I'll be voting against as I think this is an attack on our democracy. The whole thing is jam for tomorrow." Cllr Eales went on to call on Conservatives to disprove allegations that the they are slaves to their MPs and to vote against the proposals.


Enjoying PSE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment



public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News


Cities as places of opportunity

29/04/2019Cities as places of opportunity

Andrew Carter, chief executive of Centre for Cities, asks: if cities are pl... more >
Shaping healthy places with district councils

29/04/2019Shaping healthy places with district councils

District councils are achieving excellent outcomes by shifting health solut... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the open more > more last word articles >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Empower your reader, choose print

07/05/2019Empower your reader, choose print

We are on a digital rollercoaster, swirling and twirling through a variety of different online advertising platforms – have we forgotten about traditional marketing plat... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

public sector events

events calendar


May 2019

mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9

featured articles

View all News