North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) and West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) have launched consultations on their draft 2024/25 budgets. Parish and town councils and members of the public are encouraged to respond. Both councils are going to be up against it financially in 2024/25 with a worse-than-expected provisional Local Government Finance Settlement announced on Monday (see the Local Government Association’s scathing response here). NNC and WNC are going for the maximum increase in council tax allowed for principal councils (4.99%) before triggering a referendum. NNC’s consultation is available at https://northnorthants.citizenspace.com/cet/budget-2024-25/ and closes on 26 January 2024.