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Bucks council facing budget shortfall

COVID-19 has increased spending for the authority like many others around the UK.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 12:00pm 26th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks council facing budget shortfall

Buckinghamshire Council have confirmed their budget will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Buckinghamshire Council say that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected their budget, and they are predicting a shortfall at the end of the year. 

Like many others across the country the authority are reporting that spending is up while income is down. 

Martin Tett, leader of Bucks Council explains:

"The council's been hit in two different ways. We aren't getting the income in we would normally get from things like car parking charges, planning and so on. 

"At the same time we are spending a lot more money, and we've been doing that right since the beginning of the crisis.

At the moment it looks like we are going to have quite a substantial deficit and at the moment our concern is to make sure we can mange that."

Some councils have reported risk of bankruptcy - declaring a section 114 notice - following this over spending.

However, Bucks Council say they shouldn't have to do this.

Bucks County Council

A grant from the government of £24 million has been provided which is helping fill the gap, but doesn't cover the shortfall.

A redirection of money from one area to another as well as using savings are being used to try and limit an impact on local peoples services.

Bucks Council says they are also lobbying for a refund on spending for services and items that would usually be provided from central government.

In April the 5 local authorities combined to form the unitary authority, which Mr Tett says has not negatively impacted this situation:

"There is no doubt in my mind that the enw Buckinghamshire Council has made things much much better and easier to deliver the sort of services and support that our residents have needed during the crisis.

"We have been able to flex budgets and flex staff in a way that would have been pretty much unimaginable prior to April."

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