The final touches to the plan that will mean the deepest ever cuts to public services in Northamptonshire will be published at the end of this month.
County Council officials are currently working on the plan to make 59.6million pounds of savings across all service areas.
The authority didn’t set a balanced budget sheet last financial year and was in deficit by 35.3 million pounds which has been carried over to this year.
Meanwhile proposals to radically transform Northamptonshire County Council’s scrutiny committees have been published following an external review.
A report to Full Council proposes scrapping the five existing ones and replacing them with just one to focus mainly on the budget and recovery plan.
If accepted the proposals would see the abolition of the following scrutiny committees:
Children, Learning and Communities Scrutiny Committee
Environment, Development and Transport Scrutiny Committee
Finance and Resources Scrutiny Committee
Health, Adult Care and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee
Scrutiny Management Committee.
The proposal is for these to be replaced by a committee to be known as the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The statutory health scrutiny function will continue to be delivered.
It is recommended that the new Overview and Scrutiny Committee should focus on:
Major savings proposals and their implications – including equalities implications
Major risks to the council, the community and to the wider area as identified by the council and its partners
Making substantive recommendations to feed into the in-year and 19/20 budget proposals
Engagement, alignment and support for the council’s improvement plans
Other statutory functions associated with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s function.