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Date: 19 December 2014
For Immediate Release
IMPORTANT - Christmas Bin Collections
Residents are advised to make note of changes to South Northamptonshire Council’s bin collections over the festive period.
Collections due on Christmas Day will be made Monday, 22 December, collections due on Boxing Day will be made on Saturday, 27 December, and collections due on Thursday, 1 January 2015 will be brought forward to Monday, 29 December 2014.
Green bin collections are also suspended for two weeks starting from Monday, 22 December.
Visit - http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.htm to find your waste and recycling calendar.
Date: 18 December 2014
For Immediate Release
South Northamptonshire Council shares plans for the future
Views are being sought on multi million pound proposals to protect South Northamptonshire Council’s services through joint working with other councils.
Yesterday (Wednesday) Full Council agreed to pursue the option of saving money by sharing services with Cherwell District and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils and the possible creation of a new structure which would offer the potential to trade and/ or work with additional partners.
The proposals had already been discussed by councillors at Cherwell and Stratford at separate meetings on Monday, with Stratford agreeing to pursue the joint working option and Cherwell members backing both scenarios, which will all now be subject to public consultation across the three districts.
Councillor Mary Clarke, Leader of South Northamptonshire Council, said: “Local government is facing a difficult financial future as traditional sources of funding decrease and demand for services increase.
"To sit back and do nothing is not an option for us. We need to think ‘outside of the box’ and consider new and different ways of working to preserve and protect the future of our District, as well as remaining financially solvent when the Government’s Revenue Support Grant begins to decrease.
"We owe it to the people of South Northamptonshire to secure the most efficient service provision at a price they can afford.”
“In 2011 we introduced a shared management team with Cherwell District Council and since then we have continued to share services, where practical, across the two authorities.
"To date, this work has saved over £3 million annually. We should continue this journey and in doing so, invite the views of our constituents and stakeholders to hear what they have to say about this proposal before we make our final decision in February next year”.
“The next step for us is to consider whether there are benefits in having a partnership between the three councils (SNC, CDC and SDC) and, for the first time, we are looking into the possibility of a confederation approach to service delivery.
"There are numerous ways this new organisation can be structured but at its most simplest we would be able to create entities which, under the ownership of the founding councils’, would be able to trade and work with other organisations, offering increased opportunities to generate income.
"The combination of reduced expenditure through joint working and the potential provision of services to others would help to ensure a financially sound future based upon the continuation of high quality public services to our District.”
The Government’s Revenue Support Grant is a key source of funding for local councils’ service provision. Over the last five years the amount received has significantly reduced and will continue to do so in the coming years.
Without finding ways to reduce our running costs South Northamptonshire Council will be faced with the inevitability of having to consider cutting services and jobs.
In the draft business case presented to all three councils, the option for shared services is expected to generate savings of £4.8 million for South Northamptonshire, £8.9 million for Cherwell; and £5.1 million for Stratford over a ten year period starting in 2015/ 2016.
If a new structure was pursued, it could generate savings of £7.1 million for South Northamptonshire, £12.2 million for Cherwell; and £7.8 million for Stratford over the same period.
The proposals will now be subject to public consultation and the feedback included within a final business case which will be put to each council to vote upon next year.
For the councils who approve one or both of the scenarios, services will then be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine if there is scope for sharing services or creating a new organisational structure.
Importantly the proposal does not affect the independent sovereignty of each council.
Cllr Mary Clarke said: “This is just the start of this process and our decision last night was to look at these options more closely and to invite feedback from residents and stakeholders.
"We want to adopt an open and engaging approach to the potential for significant reform in the way in which we deliver services. We will also ensure that we keep our staff fully up to date with progress on this proposal, engaging them fully in the consultation process before any decisions are made”.
The consultation will run until Friday, 6 February 2015. To participate, visit http://tiny.cc/jointworkingproposals