Labour Group Northampton Borough Council
To The Right Honourable Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Regarding Northamptonshire County Council
We have listened to your response to the Best Value Government Inspection report into the crisis at NCC in the Commons today.
We believe that lack of Government funding has exacerbated the poor and inept management of NCC. We do understand that in addition to under funding and unfair funding there has also been financial mismanagement.
We do agree that a new way forward is key.
Two options for re-organisation are being suggested- a single unitary for the whole county or two unitaries, North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire. However, there is a third option with a unitary authority for Northampton itself. We believe that this would be of the most benefit to Northampton and the county. It would need to be a unitary Northampton with slightly extended boundaries.
You have asked for broad consultation. Please be aware, the Northampton labour party covers 2.5 of the constituencies with a large and fast growing membership.
Northampton Labour constituency party has been consulted about the way forward and has overwhelmingly agreed to a Unitary Northampton.
We are putting out a call to local people and local organisations to tell us what they think and we will be happy to pass that information on to you.
Cllr Danielle Stone
Labour Group Leader
Northampton Borough Council