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Buckinghamshire councils budget shared today

Its at the final meeting for the Shadow Authority.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:00pm 27th February 2020. 3-minute read.

Buckinghamshire councils budget shared today

The budget for Buckinghamshire Council is being shared today. 

Today, 4pm, is the final meeting for the Shadow Authority is taking place at The Oculus, Aylesbury.

It's made up of 202 Councillors across 4 district and county councils. 

The first budget for Buckinghamshire's unitary Council will be shared today.

It includes council tax relief plans for unoccupied and unfurnished properties, an additional £9.5m to address demand and cost increases in Adult Social Care and £108m on schools, including the new Kingsbrook Secondary School.

Councillor Martin Tett is leader of the Shadow Executive and says the expected savings may take longer to see:

"There have been issues for example we thought there should be 98 Councillors, but colleagues in the district and the government actually decided to go for 147 Councillors. Which has added about 3 million pounds cost push onto the new council.

"There's no continuing legal entity, so we've had to create an entirely new legal entity that's put about another 3 million pressure one. And some of the areas for contracts where we thought we could achieve significant savings we are not able to because new contracts have been let

"We still think 18 million is achievable but we think it'll take longer than originally planned to do that. 

"We are really determined to drive savings and better value for money with the new council, which means better services delivered closer to the local residents for all the residents of the county."

For the past few weeks the budget for the new council has been crafted and scrutinised.

After the suggestions from the scrutiny committee, the shadow authority met last week to finalise the proposed budget. 

Cllr Tett explained the importance of this:

"It's really good that another group then challenges us on it. As a result I think the budget is better, its closer to what residents want and hopefully derives really good value for money that residents expect from local councils."

They will also share the corporate plan for the new council which explains their planned spending and income outside of council tax.

It also includes how they plan to work with partners to achieve their goal of making Buckinghamshire the best
place to live, raise a family, work and do business.

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