A cross-party working group has been set up by Northumberland County Council to look at a range of options for how council services could be delivered in the future.
The first meeting of the working group took place yesterday and members agreed to consider and review partnership models of service provision.
Councillor Simon Reed, chair of the Working Group, said: “We need to look at ways of delivering services in the future which will help rebalance Northumberland’s economy and reduce dependency on a shrinking public sector. We must review everything we do and consider whether we can work smarter and more efficiently. This will involve us redesigning how we currently deliver some services as well as looking at how we can best attract investment in our infrastructure and local economy.”
“At this stage no options are being ruled out, but it’s important that we take the time to carefully consider the implications.”
The working group comprises 16 elected members with proportionate political representation. Members will be appraising a range of models which can deliver financial savings, improve service performance and provide investment and new job opportunities.