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Councillors To Vote On 'One Council' Idea

It's the final stage before sending the idea to the government for consideration.

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:41am 22nd September 2016. (Updated at 3:49pm 22nd September 2016) 3-minute read.

Councillors To Vote On 'One Council' Idea

Councillors from Buckinghamshire County Council are today voting on whether they should send the 'one council for all of Bucks' idea to the government for consideration.

Cabinet members backed the idea last Monday and if the remaining councillors approve it will be up to the government to decide.

Estimates provided by the county council suggest that the restructure could save taxpayers more than £18 million a year.

Guy Lachlan is Director of Bucks Business First and has been giving advice on the issue.

"Now, I think it's true to say all five councils in the county agree that something needs to change and that the current situation is not sustainable.

"We're looking at the ability for the combined councils to come together and streamline to spend less on the back-office stuff that people don't care about and focus more on the things they do care about on the front-line."

It comes as local district councils for Bucks are still awaiting the outcome of an independent report which is looking at the best way to govern the county. The brief given to the consulting firm Deloitte was to look at a possibility of up to 3 councils for the area.

Leader of the County Council, Martin Tett said:

"This is a proposal to Government to disband all five councils and replace them with one and completely new council. It would cover the geography of the county but would actually be the best of the heritage of all the preceding ones and hopefully bring new innovations as well.

"We can deliver better services and better value for people and that's not by cutting troops on the frontline. We don't need 250 councillors for Buckinghamshire - that's about half the size of the entire House of Commons to run Buckinghamshire. We can do it with less, we can do it with about 98.

"This is a strong proposition and I hope desperately that our colleagues in the districts will work with us to try and find a degree of consensus around this proposal. I will certainly be writing to them straight after this meeting to make that offer to them."

UPDATE: County Councillors took the vote - and approved the idea. There's no indication yet as to when it'll be presented to the government.

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