The BBC has reported that Northamptonshire County Council are proposing to cut funding for their archives and heritage department (which incudes the HER, Portable Antiquities Scheme and county archives service) by £75,000 over the next five years through a reduction in staff numbers.
A formal consultation on the proposals has now closed, however the final council meeting to discuss the proposals is on February 20th so there is still time to let the council know your views.
There are more details about the proposals on the council website and in the briefing note below.
This article in British Archaeology from 2012 gives more background into the history of the archaeology service in Northamptonshire and the worrying impact that previous cuts have had on archaeology in the region.
If you live in Northamptonshire and you want to find out who your county councilor is you can use the postcode search facility on the council website.CBA Briefing Note – Proposed Cuts in Northamptonshire (312.3K, .PDF)
Briefing note about the current proposals to cut funding to the Northamptonshire Heritage and Archives Service
(from the CBA)