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Matt Golby NCC Leader Statement on new budget

Author: Matt Golby Published: 4th November 2019 13:31

Councillor Matt Golby leader of Northamptonshire County Council statement on the NCC Budget 2020/21. Councillor Matt Golby leader of Northamptonshire County Council statement on the NCC Budget 2020/21. "Our budget setting time is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on just how far this council has come over the past 18 months.

Councillor Matt Golby leader of Northamptonshire County Council statement on the NCC Budget 2020/21. "Our budget setting time is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on just how far this council has come over the past 18 months.
 
"When this political leadership first took over the reigns of this council it would be an understatement to say we took over an organisation deep in crisis. We were dealing with a financial crisis so historically deep and profound that it was attracting daily national and international media scrutiny, not to mention the full attention of the government and indeed the whole local government sector.
 
"At the very beginning of our leadership we made a commitment to the residents of Northamptonshire, to our partners and to the government. This commitment was that we would do everything in our power to stabilise the finances, work tirelessly to transform council services and pave the way for a successful transition towards the introduction of new unitary councils in the county.
 
"Today I am proud to say we have honoured this commitment. Of course we still have our challenges – not least in our need to embed lasting improvements into our children’s services. That notwithstanding the draft budget published today underlines the progress we have made. Financially the council is now in a stronger position and the budget proposals see not only a clear sustainable plan of how we will achieve the required £23m of savings but also shows investment into each directorate.
 
"Particular areas of note are:
 

  • In Children’s Services a commitment to embed improvement, to develop our in-house fostering capacity while also strengthening the support offered to children on the edge of care.
  •  We will get best value for the Northamptonshire pound through investment in services and building on the recent work – particularly in our nationally high performing Adult Social Care – to drive efficiency through how we commission and manage contracts.
  •  We are recommending a 4% pay award to staff in recognition of their hard work and support throughout what has been a very difficult time. This is a commitment we have been pursuing as an administration and I know will generate support across all members of the council.
  •  We will continue to build upon our financial stability by earmarking some £5m to transfer into reserves and are also including a contingency of £4m.
"In drafting this budget there is no doubt that as a county, and indeed as a sector, we have benefited from the chancellor’s Autumn statement. We are very grateful for this support and have passed on our thanks through our MPs.
 
"It is testament to how far we’ve come that we sit here today with a set of budget proposals published a full month earlier than the norm. Not only does this pay tribute to the incredible work of our leadership team in rising to this year’s challenges but also provides additional time for scrutiny and public consultation therefore allowing the maximum amount of transparency around the process.
 
"Getting us to this point in time has involved a tremendous amount of hard work by this administration. This budget builds on the work already started last year to instil financial robustness into the system and to develop services so they are more sustainable. Services which this administration we will work tirelessly to improve for the residents of Northamptonshire as transition into two new unitary authorities.
 
"This budget – the very last of this organisation - points the way to a new future for public services in the county and I am proud to present this today."
 
 
Thank you
Cllr Matt Golby
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