Council saves £20,000 by scrapping assistant cabinet members experiment

County Hall
County Hall

All bar one of the assistant cabinet member posts at County Hall have been scrapped.

The Northamptonshire County Council AGM, which takes place today, will see leader Councillor Jim Harker reinstated with no changes to his eight-person cabinet.

But four assistant cabinet members will lose their positions along with their special allowances of £5,030 a year each.

The posts were created in 2013 as way of preparing councillors for full duties in key areas such as education, social care or transport.

Leaders also wanted to use assistants to reduce the work burden on full cabinet members.

But Tory sources say that the experiment did not work out as hoped.

Councillor Sylvia Hughes is the only one to survive the cull.