North Northamptonshire Council Draft Budget 2024/25 Consultation - Group Facilitators Feedback Form

Closed 26 Jan 2024

Opened 21 Dec 2023


The draft revenue budget for North Northamptonshire Council was approved by the Executive on 21 December and we are now seeking views on our proposals for the next financial year.

The consultation phase is a very important one in the budget setting process as it’s essential that we get the views of all the people the proposals effect before we can shape the final plans in February.

North Northamptonshire Council’s budget proposals set out a detailed spending strategy for the authority for the financial year 2024/2025 as well as outlining the medium-term financial plan for the following three years.

Protecting and investing in local frontline services against a backdrop of continued national financial uncertainty is the focus of the Council’s budget proposals.

The budget is not just about how to manage within available resources but also where funding should be invested, recognising residents’ priorities and working with partners to jointly develop service delivery proposals, giving families strength and self-reliance so they will benefit from greater self-determination and improved life chances.

There is a balance to be maintained between encouraging growth, providing high quality universal services and protecting those that are the most vulnerable.

Financial stability is one of the cornerstones of local government and it’s essential that we’re in a robust and stable position if we are to deliver quality services to the people of North Northants both now and in the future.

Our commitment to maintain vital service provision has seen the Council invest an additional £53.4million into services, including adult social care and children’s services to protect the most vulnerable in communities and address a growing need for services.

These pressures are, in part, offset by savings, efficiencies and further income of £18.5m. Taken together with an improvement in funding expected from business rates, Council Tax and government grants the Council has been able to set a balanced budget for 2024/2025.

The proposed net revenue budget for 2024/2025 is £371.5 million. This money provides a range of services to residents and businesses across the area including care to vulnerable adults and children, education, the disposal and collection of waste, highways maintenance, economic development, housing and support for those that are homeless.

We are also proposing a programme of capital investment totalling £163.5m over the four-year period 2024-28 across a number of schemes including investing over £49.1m into our highways, £12.2m for our schools, £10.7m to support disabled facilities, £9.1m in improving our digital infrastructure, £2.7m from the Corby Town Fund and £2.9m for Electrical Vehicle infrastructure.

We continue to be cautious with our finances and continue to work to deliver efficiency savings, innovate, improve services and to attract funding from outside of the area.

Our call for funding certainty

There is much uncertainty regarding Local Government funding in future years with potentially a new funding regime being implemented from 2026-2027.

This brings substantial risk to areas, such as North Northamptonshire, that have experienced a significant increase in their business base as those that have delivered most in terms of business rates growth could stand to be the most adversely affected through changes in Government funding.

We have updated our medium-term budget assumptions based on the latest information available. This will require us to identify proposals to meet the anticipated gap between our spending needs and our forecast funding.

Unfortunately, the continuation of single year settlements hinder the ability of councils to develop effective spending plans over the medium to long term.

We would like to see a minimum three-year settlement that recognises the scale of the challenges we face and assists with meaningful planning over the medium term.

This will not only benefit our residents, as we can be much clearer about future investment in our services and our localities, it will also enable us to confirm our longer-term funding on to others such as the voluntary sector organisations that do so much for our communities. 

Greater certainty of funding is essential as we continue to transform our services to better meet the needs of our residents in a way that ensures we are financially resilient for the future.

Council Tax

Government has permitted local authorities to increase the Council Tax rate by 4.99% in recognition of the difficult financial climate and increased inflationary pressures.

As such the authority is proposing an increase allowed by Government in Council Tax of 4.99%, which includes the 2% adult social care precept.

This increase would contribute around an additional £9.6m per year towards inflationary and demand lead pressures to enable services to be maintained and would represent a Band D level of Council Tax for North Northamptonshire Council of £1,740.22 for 2024/2025.

This is an annual increase of £82.71 (equivalent to £1.59 per week) from the Band D Council Tax level of £1,657.51 in 2023/2024. Around 57% of properties in North Northamptonshire are in Council Tax Bands A and B which will see an annual increase of £55.14 (equating to £1.06 per week) and £64.33 (£1.24 per week) respectively.

These figures do not include the Council Tax for individual Town and Parish Councils or the Council Tax set for Fire and Police by the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Council Tax is the most stable form of income that the Council receives, which is important as we enter a period of significant uncertainty around Government funding.

We recognise that increasing Council Tax will inevitably impact on household finances.  However, our services are seeing both rising demand and higher costs, and the funding we receive through Council Tax plays an important part in helping to protect those services that individuals, families and our communities value, need and rely on.

There is no change to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme which will continue at 25% (minimum contribution towards Council Tax).

Next steps

This consultation will run from 21 December 2023 until midnight on Friday, 26 January 2024, with the Executive then meeting on 8 February 2024 to consider the final budget proposals for recommendation to Full Council on 22 February 2024.

The main proposals are:

  • To increase Council Tax by 4.99%, comprising a ‘core’ Council Tax increase of 2.99% covering all services and a further 2% for the adult social care precept, which is the maximum amount permitted. This would contribute an additional £9.6m per year and would represent a Band D level of Council Tax of £1,740.22 for 2024/2025, or the equivalent of £33.47 per week.
  • Draft Capital Programme 2024-28.

Your feedback on this consultation is really important to us. All consultation feedback will be analysed and considered and will help inform Councillors of residents' and stakeholders' views when making a final decision on the budget at the North Northamptonshire Council Full Council meeting on 22 February 2024. This meeting is held in public and anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must contact once the agenda is issued on the Council's website on 14 February 2024. Details of how the public can address the meeting will be given on the agenda.

Related Documents

Please read the related documents to gain a better understanding of the budget proposals before you comment on them.

The following Housing Revenue Account (HRA) report is being presented to Executive as part of the council's budget papers. 

The HRA is a separate ring-fenced account within the Council for the income and expenditure associated with our housing stock.

The HRA does not directly impact on the Council’s wider general fund budget or on the level of council tax. Income to the HRA is primarily received through rents and other charges paid by tenants and leaseholders.

This year’s HRA proposal is for a balanced budget for the two Neighbourhood Accounts.

Council tenants will be consulted via a targeted consultation on the HRA proposals via their respective Tenant Advisory Panel.

Have your say

This form is to help assist a group of respondents to record and provide their feedback as a collective group (for example a community group) to one or more of the consultation proposals.

If you would like to respond to the consultation as an individual, or if you are responding on behalf of an organisation, then we would encourage you to complete the online questionnaire.

The following sections give details of the budget proposals. Please tell us your groups views by completing this questionnaire.

This questionnaire focusses on the key new proposals for the draft budget 2024/25 that will likely affect residents. However, there is opportunity to comment on anything within the Draft Budget in the comment boxes towards the end of the questionnaire.

Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

The deadline for completing this questionnaire is midnight 26 January 2024.

If you prefer you can download the below PDF version of this questionnaire to discuss with your group and email or post the form back to us.

Email address: 

Postal address:

  • Budget Consultation Response
  • North Northamptonshire Council
  • Sheerness House 
  • Meadow Road
  • Kettering
  • NN16 8TL

For information about how consultation and engagement responses are managed, please see the consultation and engagement privacy notice.

Thank you for helping us by completing this questionnaire.


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