Future Northants Programme
Councillors on the North Northamptonshire Shadow Executive met last night for the first time to agree the scope of a suite of task groups that will help to deliver a new unitary council in the north of the county.
Over 150 councillors met online last week for the very first North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority meeting. Last night’s meeting saw the 10 executive members agree a set of task groups that will ensure progress in areas such as Council Tax harmonisation, budgets, vision and culture, equalities and transformation.
Russell Roberts, Leader of the North Northamptonshire Shadow Authority, said: “Setting up these groups is a key step on the journey to the new council and I’m delighted to have these councillors, who bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience from the five councils in the north, around the table.
“There’s a lot of do and together we will oversee the creation of this brand new organisation that will provide key services for our residents and communities.”
Members of the shadow executive also received a really positive update on the recruitment of the senior officers that will head up North Northamptonshire Council. A national campaign to find the best candidates has been launched along with a dedicated website www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk which sets out the roles available and the ambitions of the new council.
Cllr Roberts added: “So far, we have seen a high level of interest in the roles and I’m pleased that the health pandemic does not seem to have deterred potential candidates from considering these exciting new opportunities. These important positions will be filled by professionals of the highest calibre.”
Interviews are scheduled to take place in July and August. Legislation requires that by the end of December this year, a permanent Chief Executive, Monitoring Officer and Chief Finance Officer (Section 151) must be in place ready for North Northamptonshire Council to go live on 1 April 2021.
A recording of the North Northants Shadow Executive meeting can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcH_JAaHaMtgHDeMQEVXi2g/videos