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COUNCILLORS on the North Northamptonshire shadow executive have met for the first time to agree the scope of a suite of task groups which will help to deliver a new unitary council in the north of the county.

Morer 150 councillors met online last week for the very first North Northamptonshire shadow authority meeting. The latest meeting saw the 10 executive members agree a set of task groups that will ensure progress in areas such as council tax harmonisation, budgets, vision and culture, equalities and transformation.

Leader of the North Northamptonshire shadow authority Russell Roberts said: “Setting up these groups is a key step on the journey to the new council and I’m delighted to have these councillors, who bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience from the five councils in the north, around the table.

“There’s a lot of do and together we will oversee the creation of this brand new organisation that will provide key services for our residents and communities.”

Members of the shadow executive also received a really positive update on the recruitment of the senior officers who will head up North Northamptonshire Council.

A national campaign to find the best candidates has been launched along with a dedicated website www.shapethefuturenorthants.co.uk which sets out the roles available and the ambitions of the new council.

Cllr Roberts said: “So far, we have seen a high level of interest in the roles and I’m pleased that the health pandemic does not seem to have deterred potential candidates from considering these exciting new opportunities.

“These important positions will be filled by professionals of the highest calibre.”

Interviews are scheduled to take place in July and August. Legislation requires that by the end of December this year, a permanent chief executive, monitoring officer and chief finance officer must be in place ready for North Northamptonshire Council to go live on April 1, 2021.

A recording of the North Northants Shadow Executive meeting can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcH_JAaHaMtgHDeMQEVXi2g/videos