Northampton

Managers targeted in Northampton council cuts plan

Senior management posts are expected to be lost at Northampton Borough Council as it slims down its organisation to save £5m from its budget next year.

Council tax will also be frozen in the council's budget proposals, which will be finalised on 28 February.

"The draft budget reflects the changing and diminishing size and role for local authorities," a statement said.

The council said it was preparing for a 30% cut in its £475m budget over the next four years.

However, community grants should be increased by 5%, with a new emphasis on supporting people in hardship due to changes in the welfare and benefits system.

The council plans to establish a charitable trust to run leisure centres, sports and play development service.

It wants to work with Daventry District Council to contract out refuse, recycling, street services and grounds maintenance services to a private partner.

Cliftonville House is expected to be sold to give a cash boost and make annual savings of about £450,000.

Brian Hoare, leader of the Lib Dem-run council, said the authority's role would change and the organisation would become smaller in years to come.

"In the budget proposals we presented in January, we had to make difficult choices and look at new ways of providing services," he said.

"Feedback has been taken into account and we have put together a draft budget that makes major savings by reshaping our organisation rather than making cuts to services.

"At the same time, we need to increase our work with communities and groups to give local people more control over services.

"We also need to support the economic recovery of the town by helping people who have been affected by the downturn."

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