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Council merger 'could save money'

South Northamptonshire and Cherwell Valley District Councils plan to merge their senior management teams under a single chief executive.

There are likely to be 15 redundancies from existing senior managers, but the councils said they would make joint savings of about £1m a year.

If final approval from each council is given the new management structure could be in place by Christmas.

The councils stressed this would not be a full merger.

South Northamptonshire's 42 elected members and Cherwell's 50 elected members would continue to represent their respective wards and districts.

'Cost efficient'

Consultation with staff, unions and councillors is under way.

A final decision will be made at the respective council meetings on 3 November.

Councillor Ian McCord, Chairman of the Joint Working Group, said: "The working group has spoken to other authorities who have adopted this approach and we conclude that the rewards outweigh the risks.

"We must do what we can to ensure that we deliver quality services in a cost-efficient way."

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