Opinion: We must be able to police providers

Years of trying to balance the books by making changes here while making cuts there, have failed to put the county council on any firmer financial footing, says Neil

Years of trying to balance the books by making changes here while making cuts there, have failed to put the county council on any firmer financial footing, says Neil

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Any organisation faced with having to make £147m of savings over five years is going to have to come up with a radical solution to stay afloat.

Years of trying to balance the books by making changes here while making cuts there, have failed to put the county council on any firmer financial footing.

Continued real terms reduction in central Government funding, which fails to match the needs and pressures of the population in Northamptonshire, have left the council’s administration

with little choice.

Their solution to the problem is to come up with a proposal that will, in effect, reduce the county council to little more than a

commissioning body.

That, in itself, is not a problem, so long as it retains complete control of the contracts it issues and is able to police the activities of third party suppliers effectively.

And despite some protests, this can’t help but feel like the first steps towards privatisation of our public services.

Local authorities have to be accountable to the electorate. The county council must ensure any new service providers are fully accountable to them too.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT