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Current consultations - have your say

Local and national health and social care organisations often want to know what you think about changes they want to introduce.

This page highlights some of the issues that these organisations are currently asking about that could affect people who use health and social care services.


Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) Consultations

Phase 1 draft budget proposals 2018/19 - closed 1 December 2017 - Phase 2 due to launch in December

Consultation summary from NCC:

"The money the Council receives from the Government has been reducing for some time and will do so again in 2018/19.  Since 2010, we have delivered savings totalling £376 million.  By 2021, our total savings will have risen to £0.5 billion. On top of this, we are facing higher than ever demand for our services. We have made a number of difficult choices over the last few years to make the savings we needed, and we need to do this again to make sure that we have enough money in our budget to run services that meet statutory requirements (what we must do) and help those who need it the most. ...

We have started to look at what we might need to change in terms of how we deliver our services and whether we need to reduce or stop anything we currently do. Our proposals set out the start of our plans to deliver a balanced budget for 2018/19 to make sure we have enough money to deliver our key services. In Phase 1, we are consulting early on proposals where we might need to meet contractual or procurement deadlines, where we may need to consult with staff, or where there is a chance of starting to make savings in 2017/18.  For Phase 1, these add up to a value of £9.6m.

In December, we will launch Phase 2 of our consultation, which will be our consultation on the draft budget.  Phase 2 will also include consultation on the level of Council Tax we propose to set for 2018/19 and have more proposals on how we will manage next year’s budget."

The Cabinet Paper gives details of all the budget proposals in Phase 1, and Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been prepared for those budget proposals that may have an impact on service users and/or the wider community.

There are a variety of ways for local people and organisations to have their say about Phase 1 of the Council's Budget Proposals during the six-week consultation period.

These channels include:

Please also let Healthwatch Northamptonshire know your views to inform our response to this consultation. Contact us.

Review of library services in Northamptonshire - closes 13 January 2018 

Consultation summary from NCC:

"Northamptonshire County Council needs to find £115m savings over the next four years predominantly to meet social care costs in the county. The Library and Information Service must share in this financial challenge and seek to reduce costs to the tax payer. The low cost per visit compared to other library services demonstrates that this cannot be achieved by further efficiencies alone, and requires a more fundamental reshaping of the service to ensure it is fit for the future.

The review of the library service will comprehensively examine the current Northamptonshire Library and Information Service as it operates over its current 36 static and one mobile site against four measures of accessibility, quality, availability and sustainability in line with the review approach recommended by the National Libraries Taskforce. It will examine key statistics and trends within the service before setting out options about how a future library service may be shaped. It will test these proposals against the common design principles of library services and consider the impact of the proposals on the residents of Northamptonshire. This consultation and its outcomes will play a significant part in informing the new library strategy 2018-2022.

We are consulting upon three options for the future of the Library and Information Service. Each section of the questionnaire gives more detail on what the options mean. The service also delivers universal children’s centres services as part of the offer. There are currently 21 Libraries that are designated as Children’s Centres."

NCC want to hear your views about these options to understand the possible impact of the proposals and what would be the best way forward for the Library and Information Service in Northamptonshire.

You can do this in a number of ways:

In addition, a public meeting will be held in each district council area across the two budget consultation phases. Details of the date and venue will be posted here as soon as possible.

Online survey

Please also let Healthwatch Northamptonshire know your views to inform our response to this consultation. Contact us.

Adult Social Care Charging Policy Consultation 2017 - closes 6 January 2018

Consultation summary from NCC:

"As a council with responsibility for social care, we must make sure that people who are eligible for social care have their needs met, within the financial resources available. Equally, we must make sure that where customers meet the financial criteria to make a contribution towards their care, they do so in a way that meets current regulations and guidance. We do this in a way which is equitable and fair and is clearly explained in policy statements."

They are consulting on:

  1. A change to the Fair Contributions Policy which will take into account the certain named benefits in full, in the calculation of a customer’s financial contribution for the non-residential services they receive
  2. A new charge for all eligible customers who use the Assistive Technology Service
  3. An increase in the fee for appointeeship for customers with capital over £1,000

Supporting information is available on the NCC website

You can give your feedback via the online standard questionnaire or the Easy Read version.

Please contact NCC if you would like a copy of the questionnaire in another format, including a paper copy. Telephone: 01604 367253 or 01604 363427. Alternatively you can submit your comments to NCC by email to: EPIT@northamptonshire.gov.uk or by post to: Engagement, Participation and Involvement Team Northamptonshire County Council One Angel Square Angel Street Northampton NN1 1ED

Public consultation meetings were held on:

17 November 2017, 10am to 12 noon, Patrick Road Resource Centre, Corby, NN18 9NT
21 November 2017, 2pm to 4pm, Gladstone Road Resource Centre, Gladstone Road, Northampton, NN5 7EJ
28 November 2017, 3pm to 5pm, Riverside Resource Centre, Islington Rd, Towcester NN12 6AU

Consultation questionnaire Supporting information

Easy Read questionnaire Easy Read supporting information

Please also let Healthwatch Northamptonshire know your views to inform our response to this consultation. Contact us.


Help Shape Social Wellbeing in Northamptonshire

Commsortia is responsible for managing social wellbeing services on behalf of First for Wellbeing. We work with our partners - voluntary and community sector organisations – to deliver services in Northamptonshire.

To do this, however, we need to understand what people in Northamptonshire think of the services currently being offered and how we can make improvements for the future.

Commsortia is looking for people to take part in focus groups in November 2017. If you’d be interested, they would love to hear your views on the following:

  • Day care centres
  • Care and repair services
  • Benefits and financial advice services
  • Independent living support services
  • Housing services

 In particular, they would like to speak to people who have:

  • Experience of using a wellbeing support service in Northamptonshire
  • Considered using a wellbeing support service
  • A physical or learning disability
  • Experienced financial difficulties
  • Experienced homelessness or risk of homelessness

If you are interested in participating please contact: holly.hamer@voluntaryimpact.co.uk or phone 01604 625796.

Let them know if you have any special needs regarding transport. A contribution towards travel expenses is available.

Find out more


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Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Time2Listen - closes 26 January 2018

The Time2Listen consultation has been set-up to hear your views of how the police and criminal justice system deal with incidents that involve people with a mental illness, ADHD or autism.

Please visit www.northantspcc.org.uk/get-involved/time2listen to give your views. 

All responses are completely confidential, while you can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £25 vouchers.

More information



NHS England Consultations and Surveys

NHS England has a number of open national consultations and surveys - follow the link below.

NHS England consultations

Current consultations include:

Modernising radiotherapy services in England - Consultation on proposed service specification - closes 18 December 2017

NHS England has launched an 8 week consultation on radiotherapy services. The consultation is seeking feedback on a new specification for adult radiotherapy services.
The specification has been developed by talking to doctors, nurses, radiographers and public and patient engagement groups and was informed by a period of stakeholder engagement in 2016. A report of this work is available.

Through the consultation, NHS England would like to get more views on these proposals from patients, carers, members of the public, clinicians and anyone else who may have an interest in radiotherapy services.

More information about the consultation and giving your views


Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP)

Neighbouring STP

If you live near the borders of the county you might be affected by Sustainability and Transformation Plans of neighbouring regions.

Neighbouring STP area current consultations


Healthwatch Northamptonshire is also interested in your views so talk to us!


Poll of the month...

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) needs to make savings over the next 4 years. One of the proposals is to cut library services.

Tell us about how you use libraries in our quick poll.

Annual Report 2016/17

See how your feedback has made a difference to health and care services in Northamptonshire.


Read our Annual Report here

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