The proposal for local government reform in Northamptonshire will be submitted to government without Corby’s signature following a Special Full Council meeting held tonight (Thursday 30th August).
Corby councillors voted against signing the single tier authority proposal, however as more than one other authority within Northamptonshire has signed, the document will still be submitted to the Secretary of State for his consideration.
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘From holding our own consultation it was clear that a unitary authority was not an option that the people of Corby nor the Borough Council willingly wanted to be part of. However as more than one other local authority within Northamptonshire has opted to sign up, the proposals will now go forward and be submitted to the Government.
‘It is now vital that Corby contributes to how these new authorities will form and that we ensure we get the best services, outcome and future for the people of our Borough. In order for us to be at the table and part of the conversations that will shape Northamptonshire’s future we have agreed to deploy resources required to progress work on the next step.’
All eight authorities in Northamptonshire were asked by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:
- A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
- Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
- The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries
In addition to the criteria set out by the Secretary of State, Government has stated:
- Only one proposal will be accepted, not a range of options
- It must demonstrate clear potential for savings
- It must command a good deal of local support
- Due consideration should be given to recommendations in the Best Value Report
- Any solution should prioritise the Government’s wider housing and growth agenda
- Extensive consultation must be carried out