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Collaboration is key to creating North’s new unitary council

Published Friday, 26 June 2020

Closer partnership working is the key to ensuring the new North Northamptonshire Council has better, joined-up services for residents, councillors heard last night.

At their latest online meeting, members of the North Northants Shadow Executive endorsed a fresh collaborative approach with the existing councils towards managing land, buildings and finances in the run-up to the new unitary’s creation on 1 April next year.

It means that the five councils of Corby, East Northants, Kettering, Wellingborough and the County Council have agreed to share their future investment plans with the North Shadow Executive so they can assess any impact on setting up the new unitary council.

At the meeting yesterday evening, Members also heard that the Future Northants Programme – the work to develop the new North Northamptonshire Council with improved services for residents – remains firmly on track and within budget, keeping on course to deliver future significant savings for taxpayers.

Councillor Russell Roberts, Leader of the North Northamptonshire Shadow Executive said: “It’s great to hear that we are all working together to make such good progress towards setting up our new Council.

“Councils in the North already have an excellent track record of coming together to deliver improved outcomes for our residents and I am confident this approach will further cement this spirit of partnership working.

“These are very difficult times as we continue to help residents through the Covid crisis, but with all councils and strategic partners working together as one team, we are rising to this challenge.”

You can view a recording of the latest meeting on YouTube at