Northampton

Firm to run adult care services in Northamptonshire

A plan to turn the provision of Northamptonshire social services for adults and carers over to a council-owned private company has been backed by councillors.

Northamptonshire County Council believes the plan will improve the service provided.

Robin Brown, cabinet member for adult social services, said there has been a huge "enthusiasm" for the plan.

A report to the Tory-controlled council said the plans could help save £1.75m.

The money will be gained through efficiency savings, it said.

Mr Brown told the BBC: "(The new company) means the people involved in providing those services, the main asset is our staff, (who) will have the opportunity to drive the services to meet the needs of the population.

"It is a fantastic opportunity to improve things for those less fortunate that ourselves.

"With less political interference it will provide a greater opportunity that some of these services will improve quite dramatically."

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