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County Council's budget scrutinised by select committee

Bucks County Council

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:41am 8th January 2019.

Next year's budget will be scrutinised by a select committee over the next few days.

The cross-party select committee of councillors will question all Cabinet members on their spending plans during three days of hearings from today (8th Jan) until Thursday (10th Jan). January.

Bucks County Council want to rise our council tax by 2.99%.

There will also be considerable investment in priority areas:

  • £110.6 million will go on Primary and Secondary Schools over the next 4 years
  • £16.7 million will also go on Schools Property Maintenance
  • Highways Maintenance has £61 million allocated

But, this will probably be the last budget for the county council as we know it because of the "super council" that will be formed in 2020.

However, the cross-party select committee want to hear from you.

If you've got a question about how the Council proposes to spend millions on critical services across Buckinghamshire, the committee would love to hear from you.

And while they're doing this, Chairman David Watson wants residents to add their questions too.

"I've always been a great champion of transparency and openness, particularly when it comes to spending public money. As a committee you can rest assured we will leave no stone unturned, but what I'd really like to encourage is questions from the public," said David.

"And I can guarantee that they'll all get an answer from the relevant Cabinet Member. Of course, people can also attend if they wish - the meetings are all open to the public."

People can pose their questions quickly and easily ahead of the three day scrutiny either by email to democracy@buckscc.gov.uk or via Twitter using the hashtag #BucksBudget.

"Our job as a committee is to ensure the budget is robust and serves the needs of the county and the people," said David. "We'll be diligent and ask the relevant questions to each Cabinet member to make sure we are spending public money prudently."

 

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