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Northants County Council’s £2.5m redundancy payouts in past year

Northamptonshire County Council has paid out £2.5m in redundancy packages in the past 12 months.

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Unison general secretary Dave Prentis was in Northampton yesterday to kickstart the union's consultation on unitary status here in Northamptonshire.

'We will be at the table - not on the menu': Unison says Northamptonshire council employees will be part of unitary negotiations

The chief of a public sector union looking after 7,000 workers in the county vowed "we will have a seat at the table" in Northamptonshire's unitary authority negotiations.
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Voting takes place on Thursday, May 3

LOCAL ELECTIONS: Parties set out their vision for the future ahead of Daventry District Council elections

Political parties have set out their vision for the future ahead of the local elections in Daventry District next month.
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Chris Millar

'I want a unitary for rural areas': Daventry council leader not keen on joining with Northampton's urban administration

Daventry District Council's leader does not want to see his rural local authority joined to Northampton Borough in a new unitary model, as per the Government's advice.
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One Angel Square

Northamptonshire County Council make £11m profit on HQ after selling it to asset management firm

Northamptonshire County Council's One Angel Square headquarters have been sold to a UK asset management firm for £64m, £11m more than what it cost to build.
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A council spokesman said the authority would be defending the legal challenges.

Fight to save Northamptonshire libraries taken to High Court after young girl's plea

The fight to save 21 Northamptonshire libraries has reached the High Court after a young girl applied for a judicial review against the county council.

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The FBU says it cannot support commissioner Stephen Mold's takeover of the fire service budget.

Firefighters' union condemns police commissioner's takeover of Northamptonshire's fire service

The police commissioner's takeover of Northamptonshire's fire brigade budget is a threat to the 'neutrality' of the service, a union has claimed.

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New Northants County Council chief executive’s experience questioned

The appointment of the new chief executive officer at under-threat Northamptonshire County Council has been questioned by councillors.

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Northamptonshire voluntary sector campaigners write to Sajid Javid demanding to be heard

A new campaign group has written to Sajid Javid to ask for Northamptonshire's voluntary sector to be listened to when commissioners take over the county council.
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Sugar tax war: Tesco, Asda and Morrisons gear up for soft drinks battle ahead of Friday’s levy

Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all reduced the amount of sugar in their own-label soft drinks prior to the introduction of the so-called “sugar tax” this week.

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Local elections are coming up next month

Don’t miss out on your right to vote in Daventry District May elections

Voters in Daventry District are being reminded to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of the upcoming local elections.

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GALLERY: Northampton’s gender pay gap revealed

Companies in Northampton with more than 250 employees have revealed the difference in pay between men and women, following last night’s deadline.

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The potential sale of Angel Square is to be delayed

Last of cash reserves will be depleted by Northamptonshire County Council to balance books

Northamptonshire County Council is set to use its general and earmarked reserves in order to achieve a balanced budget this financial year.
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Northamptonshire is set to receive 1.64m from a Government pothole emergency.

Emergency pothole funding will barely make a dent on Northamptonshire's lumpy roads

A Government emergency pothole fund will only fix a fraction of the bumpy roads in Northamptonshire according to the county council.
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Councillor Matt Golby has unveiled his new-look cabinet.

Longstanding councillors lose jobs in Northamptonshire County Council cabinet shakeup

The acting leader of Northamptonshire County Council has unveiled a new-look cabinet in a bid to rebuild the authority in the wake of the damning inspection report.

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Councillor Matt Golby says commissioners must now be called in to run the county council.

'We need the commissioners to step in': Man in charge at Northamptonshire County Council admits Government help is needed

The acting man in charge at County Hall believes the Government must step in to run services in Northamptonshire.
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Councillors voted to slash their allowances at County Hall today, a week after a damning inspection.

Northamptonshire councillors vote to cut their own allowances in show of 'solidarity' with pay-freeze staff

County councillors have voted to slash their allowances by up to 20 per cent in Northamptonshire despite the an independent panel recommending they stayed the same.
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Former council leader Jim Harker delivers the budget in 2015, months after a chance to impose emergency spending controls were missed.

SPECIAL REPORT: Did Northamptonshire County Council miss chance to avert disaster three years ago?

Embattled county council chiefs could well have pulled the authority out of trouble if they had admitted its financial failings three years ago.
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The county council budget press conference this morning. From left, chief executive Paul Blantern, leader of the council, Councillor Heather Smith, cabinet member for finance, Councillor Robin Brown and interim chief finance officer Damon Lawrenson.

Chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council to stand down

The acting chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council will stand down after five months in charge.

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Councillor Matt Golby has issued an apology on behalf of the Conservative group.

Finally, Conservative says 'sorry' for Northamptonshire's financial mess

The acting Conservative leader of Northamptonshire County Council has issued an apology to taxpayers following last week's stinging inspection report.

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