After the launch of a public consultation on the council's controversial new budget for 2022/23, constituents will no doubt be challenging some pricey policies. The budget as planned would see council tax rise by 2.99 percent (1.99 per cent core tax and a further 1% adult social care precept). However Northampton, Towcester and Daventry would see theirs go up more as part of the 'harmonisation' of formally disparate borough council areas. But West Northamptonshire Council say these are to preserve and improve services, including investments into transport, flood provisions and the 'green agenda'. Responses to the budget will be considered at the full council meeting on February 24, 2022.

Here are the five Northamptonshire stories we think you should follow in 2022

From tough spending choices to inspiring awards, Northamptonshire has a lot to watch in 2022

Friday, 31st December 2021, 1:58 pm

With several major policies and spending commitments coming up in 2022, as well as some new additions for Northamptonshire, this paper has put together the five stories we think you should follow going in to 2022.

West Northamptonshire Council features heavily in the list, with significant amounts of borrowing and tax increases planned. Provided the latter is not changed after consultations, constituents will want to pay close attention to how and when their money gets spent.

Add in some more heart-warming news of inspiring women being recognised for the great work they do, and there is surely a lot to watch out for in 2022.

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