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New Statutory Direction for Northamptonshire.

New Statutory Direction for Northamptonshire.

STATUTORY DIRECTION TO NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL IN
RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES UNDER SECTION 497A (4B) OF THE
EDUCATION ACT 1996
WHEREAS:
1. The Secretary of State for Education (“the Secretary of State”) has noted in
respect of Northamptonshire County Council (“the Council”) that performance
of children’s social care services has significantly deteriorated, as detailed in
Ofsted’s letter dated 13 November 2018 following a focussed visit carried out
on 17 and 18 October 2018 (“The 2018 Ofsted letter”).
2. On 10 May 2018, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local
Government issued Directions to the Council (“The MHCLG Directions”) under
section 15(5) and (6) of the Local Government Act 1999 (“the 1999 Act”).
These Directions followed the report dated 15 March 2018 of the Best Value
Inspection of the Council by Max Caller CBE, published and given to the
Council on 15 March 2018. The MHCLG Directions provided for
Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities
and Local Government (“The MHCLG Commissioners”) to exercise functions of
the Council associated with governance and scrutiny, appointment of statutory
officers and strategic financial management.

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