News

30.05.18

Northamptonshire failure inspires new county-district deal with joint CEO

Proposals are being considered for joint working between Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council following the former’s decision to end its partnership with South Northamptonshire.

The move comes after the local government review in Northamptonshire required the leader and the administration of Cherwell council to “reflect upon its future and to consider what is best for its residents.”

Under the new plans, the local authorities would retain separate councillor bodies, budgets and decision-making processes, whilst having shared service arrangements under a joint chief executive.

The joint working arrangements would need to be formally approved under a section 113 agreement. The decision will be taken by Oxfordshire council’s cabinet on 4 June before being considered by Cherwell council.

Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to explore closer joint working with Oxfordshire County Council, putting our residents at the heart of service delivery.

“In Cherwell we already have a very successful track record of partnership working and welcome the possibility of a strong and innovative relationship with colleagues at the county.

“In line with our ethos we will consider all partnerships that fit with our culture. In short, we do not and will not, operate a ‘one size fits all policy’ – but take individual decisions based on customer need and evidence.”

Exact details of sharing services and joining up functions will need to be worked out in detail and agreed by each council, with shared service arrangements implemented incrementally in order to prevent day-to-day services from being affected.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, explained that the widely-reported problems in Northamptonshire have created this “unique opportunity for a county-district shared service arrangement.”

As a statutory requirement, the chief executive must be appointed by the full councils of each authority and a formal appointment process must be followed.

Peter Clark, chief executive at Oxfordshire, has revealed that he would step down if the joint working arrangement was agreed.

The partnership, which is not connected to the ongoing unitary reorganisation proposals, would reportedly offer an “innovative” opportunity to make two tier local government more effective.

Top image: oversnap

 

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

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News

comment

Government accountability: A year in crises

15/01/2019Government accountability: A year in crises

From Windrush to Univerisal Credit: the Institute for Government’s (I... more >
Rethinking public-private partnerships

15/01/2019Rethinking public-private partnerships

Trinley Walker, senior policy researcher at the New Local Government Networ... 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 >

interviews

Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welco... more >

the raven's daily blog

Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

17/01/2019Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

Ahead of next month’s EvoNorth event we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partner... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

public sector events

events calendar

back

January 2019

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
31 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 10

featured articles

View all News