Councils in Northamptonshire face big cuts in Government funding

Wellingborough Council offices
Wellingborough Council offices

Almost £1.2m will be cut from the budgets of the four borough and district councils in north Northamptonshire next year, the Government has announced.

And Wellingborough’s funding has been slashed by more than six per cent – the biggest cut of any local authority in England.

The Government unveiled their plans, which see a slight rise in funding for Northamptonshire County Council, today (Thursday, December 18).

The county council coffers will be boosted by just under £1.5m in 2015-16.

But Wellingborough will be subject to a £566,000 cut, East Northamptonshire will lose £272,000, Kettering’s budget will be trimmed by £202,000 and Corby will face a £155,000 reduction.

Daventry, South Northamptonshire and Northampton will also face cuts in their budgets.

Local Government minister Kris Hopkins said: “In the context of this unprecedented challenge to public finance, we have yet again delivered a settlement that is fair to all parts of the country – whether north, south, urban or rural.

“English local Government is expected to spend over £114 billion this year – around a quarter of all public spending. This settlement therefore recognises that local authorities continue to make a vital contribution to helping pay off the deficit.”