Staff and members of the five current councils have been working together to develop the priorities and budget proposals for the new Buckinghamshire Council.
Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting dates
The draft budget went through a period of review and challenge by members of all the five councils through the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. These public sessions were webcast online. The agenda and papers for each session, which focused on specific portfolio areas, can be accessed by clicking the relevant date.
- Tuesday 14 January – Financial Strategy and Capital, Leader and Deputy Leader, Resources and Education
- Wednesday 15 January – Environment, Planning and Transportation
- Thursday 16 January – Health and Culture, Adult Social Care and Children’s Social Care
- Friday 17 January – Communities
In November 2019, nearly 2,000 people and organisations in Buckinghamshire responded to a public consultation asking for their views on key priorities and areas of spend for the new council.
There was strong support among residents and organisations in Buckinghamshire for the overall priorities for the new council.
There were mixed views on the proposed spending allocation. Roads and services to support vulnerable adults and older people were high priorities for improvement for residents. For organisations, top priorities for improvement were services and support for vulnerable groups, including older people and younger people and protecting the environment. Feedback from the consultation has been used to set the priorities and budget allocation for Buckinghamshire Council, for example additional investment in highways programmes and the Adults and Children’s Social Care budgets .
The Shadow Executive considered the draft budget and financial plan for the next three years on 7 January 2020. They also agreed the Corporate Plan that sets out the priorities for Buckinghamshire Council from 1 April 2020.
Summary of the proposed budget for 2020/21
The plan for the 2020/21 budget is to bring the current five councils budgets together and make sure the new council has a strong financial base to start from in April 2020.
The focus on improving and transforming services will come in the following years.
- Additional investment in both Adults (£9.5m) and Children’s Social Care (£7.5m) budgets to address the continued increase in demand, cost and the complexity in these services areas.
- £5m to support local projects and support the new council to respond to local need as part of the new Community Boards.
- £114m to support Economic Regeneration in Aylesbury and Wycombe;
- £108m on schools, including the new Kingsbrook Secondary School;
- £70m on Strategic Highways maintenance which includes roads, street lighting and bridge maintenance
- £62m on Strategic Infrastructure including schemes in Princes Risborough, Abbey Barn and the Aylesbury Link Roads;
- £36m investment in Leisure Centres primarily linked to the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre (total £36m) where construction commences in 2019/20;
- £19m investment in Waste to support for the fleet to deliver the new Southern Waste Contract and other waste projects;;
- £21.3m to support Housing and Homelessness including affordable Housing action plans and disabled facilities grants.
Have your say
The budget and financial plan for the next 3 years will now go through a period of review and challenge by members of all the five councils through the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The Committee will make recommendations on any potential changes to the budget.
These sessions are public and you can send your comments via our short online form.
You can also send further comments on the detailed budget proposals to: email@example.com.
- 14-17 January – Budget review and challenge by Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Mid-January – Recommendations to Shadow Executive by Overview and Scrutiny
- 18 February – Final budget for Buckinghamshire Council presented to Shadow Executive
- 27 February – Approval of Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan at Shadow Authority