Northamptonshire County Council

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Northamptonshire County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Leader
None (resigned)
Since 2016
Deputy Leader
Matt Golby, Conservative
Since 2017
Structure
Seats 57 councillors
Northamptonshire County Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (43)
     Labour (12)
     Liberal Democrat (2)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
May 2021
Website
www.northamptonshire.gov.uk

Northamptonshire County Council is the county council that currently governs the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire in England. It was originally formed in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county is divided into 57 electoral divisions, which return a total of 57 councillors. The council has been controlled by the Conservative Party since 2005. The leader of the county council until her resignation in 2018 was Heather Smith, who was elected to the post in May 2016.[1] The headquarters of the council is County Hall in Northampton.

As a non-metropolitan county council, the council is responsible for education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport policy and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

In early 2018, the Council announced it was effectively insolvent. Subsequently, a report by Government Inspectors concluded that problems at the council were so deep-rooted that it should be abolished and replaced by two smaller authorities.

History

Northamptonshire County Council was first formed in 1889 as a result of the Local Government Act 1888, covering the whole of Northamptonshire. This arrangement changed a little in 1974 when, following the Local Government Act 1972, a newly constituted Northamptonshire County Council was formed for the non-metropolitan county of Northamptonshire. First elections to the new authority were in April 1973, and the council took office on 1 April 1974.

From its recreation in 1974, the county council has administered the entire county of Northamptonshire. During 1990s local government reform, Northampton tried to obtain unitary authority status, but failed.[2] Northamptonshire now has three tiers of local government: the county council; seven lower-tier councils, comprising four borough councils (Corby, Kettering, Northampton, Wellingborough) and three district councils (Daventry, East Northamptonshire, South Northamptonshire); and more than 250 parish councils.

Governance

Northamptonshire County Council has operated executive arrangements in the form of a Leader and Cabinet system since 2001. In December 2008 the council chose to adopt the revised Executive Leader and Cabinet arrangement.

The Council is currently composed of 57 councillors each representing a single-member division. Elections are held every four years and the next election will take place in 2021.

Cabinet

Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet is composed of seven Conservative councillors and the Conservative Leader of the council. Cabinet members work closely with the directors and professional officers of the council to ensure the successful implementation of the decisions they make.[3]

Title Councillor
Leader of the Council Resigned 15 March 2018
Deputy Leader of the Council
Children's Services
Matt Golby
Finance Sacked 15 March 2018
Adult Social Care Bill Parker
Public Health and Wellbeing Sylvia Hughes
Transport, Highways and Environment Ian Morris
Corporate Parenting Suresh Patel
Public Protection Andre Gonzales de Savage

Districts and Boroughs

Northamptonshire has three tiers of local government: the county council, seven district or borough councils, and over 200 parish councils. In urban areas the work of the parish council is likely to be undertaken by the county or district council.[citation needed] The seven district councils in Northamptonshire are:

These district councils are responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Political control

Political control of the non-metropolitan county has been held by the following groups:

Election Party
1973 Labour
1977 Conservative
1981 No overall control
1985 No overall control
1989 No overall control
1993 Labour
1997 Labour
2001 Labour
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 Conservative
2017 Conservative

The council comprised 57 councillors representing the county. Each councillor typically served for a four-year term, representing an electoral ward. Each ward elects one councillor by the first past the post system of election. The composition of the county council, following the 2017 election, was 43 Conservative councillors, 12 Labour councillors, and 2 Liberal Democrat councillors. The next election will take place in May 2021.

District Ward Party Councillor
Corby
Corby Rural Conservative Sandra Naden-Horley
Corby West Labour Julie Brookfield
Kingswood Labour John McGhee
Lloyds Labour Bob Scott
Oakley Liberal Democrat Chris Stanbra
Daventry
Braunston And Crick Conservative Malcolm Longley
Brixworth Conservative Cecile Irving-Swift
Daventry East Conservative Amy Howard
Daventry West Conservative Richard Auger
Long Buckby Conservative Steve Osborne
Moulton Conservative Judith Shephard
Woodford And Weedon Conservative Robin Brown
East Northamptonshire
Higham Ferrers / Rushden North Conservative Jason Smithers
Irthlingborough Conservative Sylvia Hughes
Oundle Conservative Heather Smith
Raunds Conservative Dudley Hughes
Rushden Pemberton West Conservative Michael Tye
Rushden South Conservative Andy Mercer
Thrapston Conservative Wendy Brackenbury
Kettering
Burton And Broughton Conservative Chris Smith-Haynes
Clover Hill Conservative Bill Parker
Desborough Conservative Allan Matthews
Ise Conservative Victoria Perry
Northall Labour Mick Scrimshaw
Rothwell And Mawsley Conservative James Hakewill
Wicksteed Conservative Scott Edwards
Windmill Labour Eileen Hales
Northampton
Abington And Phippsville Labour Danielle Stone
Billing And Rectory Farm Conservative Andrew Kilbride
Boothville And Parklands Conservative Mike Hallam
Castle Labour Winston Strachan
Dallington Spencer Labour Gareth Eales
Delapre And Rushmere Labour Julie Davenport
Duston East Conservative Suresh Patel
Duston West And St Crispin Conservative Matthew Golby
East Hunsbury And Shelfleys Conservative Andre Gonzalez de Savage
Headlands Labour Arthur McCutcheon
Kingsthorpe North Conservative Sam Rumens
Kingsthorpe South Labour Jane Birch
Nene Valley Conservative Lizzy Bowen
Riverside Park Conservative Stephen Legg
Sixfields Conservative Pinder Chauhan
St George Labour Rachel Cooley
Talavera Liberal Democrat Dennis Meredith
South Northamptonshire
Brackley Conservative Fiona Baker
Bugbrooke Conservative William Brown
Deanshanger Conservative Allen Walker
Hackleton And Grange Park Conservative Michael Clarke
Middleton Cheney Conservative Rebecca Breese
Silverstone Conservative Ian Morris
Towcester And Roade Conservative Adil Sadygov
Wellingborough
Brickhill And Queensway Conservative Jonathan Ekins
Croyland And Swanspool Conservative Graham Lawman
Earls Barton Conservative Rob Gough
Finedon Conservative Gill Mercer
Hatton Park Conservative Malcolm Waters
Irchester Conservative Martin Griffiths

Insolvency

Early in 2018 the county council announced that it "was effectively insolvent."[4]

In March 2018 a government-appointed investigator’s report into financial and management failures at the authority recommended the council be broken up. It said the problems at the council were so deep-rooted that it was impossible to rescue it in its current form, and to do so “would be a reward for failure”. It recommended that ministers send in a team of external commissioners to take over the day-to-day running of the council until it can be broken up and replaced with two new smaller authorities. The report rejected the council leadership’s claim that it had been disadvantaged by government funding cuts and underfunded. It condemned the council’s attempt to restructure services by outsourcing them to private companies and charities (the Next Generation Programme). It described the council's budgeting as “an exercise of hope rather than expectation”.[5]

Subsequently the council's Leader, Heather Smith, resigned.[6] Robin Brown, Councillor with the finance brief was later sacked. [7]

References

  1. ^ As per the summary on Wikapedia, the 2 references are inconsistent
  2. ^ "City winners named". BBC News. 18 December 2000. Retrieved 2 April 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/new-cabinet-member-for-crisis-hit-children-s-service-is-ready-for-challenge-1-5089609
  4. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/06/northamptonshire-council-financial-crisis-tory-run-council
  5. ^ "Scrap Northamptonshire county council, inspectors say". The Guardian. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/15/scrap-northampton-county-council-inspectors-say
  7. ^ https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/breaking-news-northamptonshire-county-council-s-finance-chief-sacked-after-refusing-to-resign-1-8417897
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