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Bucks Council plans announced after elections cancelled

The new unitary council launches April 1st.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:00pm 19th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks Council plans announced after elections cancelled

Buckinghamshire Council has announced their plans after the May elections were cancelled. 

Buckinghamshire Council is set to launch April 1st, but the elections scheduled for May to decide which Councillors would form it have been postponed till 2021.

The unitary council will be made up of four current district and county councils and an interim council had been in place to look after the authority between April 1st and the elections. 

However, the postponement meant confusion about how the council will operate until they happen in 2021.

Bucks Council have outlined a series of arrangements in light of this decision. 

  • All 202 current Shadow Authority councillors will become councillors of the new Buckinghamshire Council on 1st April until May 2021.
  • The existing Shadow Executive members will form Buckinghamshire Council's new Cabinet until the elections in May 2021
  • The Council's new constitution (its operating rules and procedures) will come into force on 1st April and new committees will be established. The Government is due to introduce emergency rules which will allow committees to hold virtual meetings for a temporary period.

Councillor Martin Tett, head of the Shadow Executive explained:

"These are clearly challenging and unprecedented times on a truly global scale. However, we will still be launching the new Buckinghamshire Council on 1st April as planned and continuing to provide services to residents with the minimum of disruption. A vast amount of planning and preparation is going on across all our services and we will be keeping people informed as decisions are made. It's clear that the next few weeks and months will be difficult for all, but we will get through it.

"While we are taking sensible steps to ensure political continuity for the new Council, I know some councillors had made personal decisions not to stand for election this year. It will of course be open to them to stand down as they planned or alternatively consider staying on for an additional year. Once we know what those councillors want to do, we can finalise our proposals."

Martin added; "I have spoken with both the Lib Dem and Labour Leaders. We are all agreed that this is not the time for party politics. We all share the commitment to best serve the residents, businesses and communities of Buckinghamshire at this time of crisis. We remain in regular dialogue with Government and expect to confirm all legislative and other changes required as soon as possible."

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