After final budget proposals for North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) were approved by the shadow authority’s executive last week – they will now appear before a meeting of the full Shadow Authority for final approval.
Council leaders are emphasising that this first budget for the Shadow Authority presents a fresh start for their residents with the new authority providing all local government services in the north of the county including adult social care, housing and economic regeneration, leisure, tourism and waste disposal and collection.
Cllr Russell Roberts, Leader of the Shadow Authority, said: “The residents of North Northamptonshire deserve quality services and it is our duty, in these challenging times, to set a budget which protects these vital services.
“This means making tough choices but choices which are essential to support our communities, businesses and the voluntary sector.”
Cllr Ian Jelley, Shadow Portfolio Holder for finances and revenues and benefits, said: “This budget provides us with the stability which is needed as the firm foundations on which to build our aspirations for the future.
“This is a real opportunity to build on the work that has started to transform services so we can protect the vulnerable while allowing the people of North Northamptonshire to prosper.”
Final recommendations include a Council Tax increase of 4.99 per cent, comprising 1.99 per cent core precept and a 3 per cent adult social care precept. This would represent a Band D level of Council Tax of £1,532.90 in 2021/22, or the equivalent of £29.48 per week.
The meeting of the full shadow authority will take place on Thursday, 25 February.