Introduction from the Leader of the Council, Martin Tett
An introduction and background information about this budget consultation is available on our website here.

The council’s plan for living within its means

It is a legal requirement that the council limits its spending to the income that it receives each year – the council’s budget must balance
To ensure that we are able to provide the services that we are required to by law, as well as other services that are most important to people, we are proposing to focus our spending on some priority areas, and  reduce spending in other areas. 

How the council proposes to live within its means
Priorities to protect
  • Investing in services to safeguard and support vulnerable children and adults e.g. through adults and children’s social care services (which is also what we are required to do by law). The Council spends 66pence in every £1 on these services
  • Contributing to the infrastructure needed to support population and housing growth in Buckinghamshire e.g. ensuring there are enough places for children in schools (which is also what we are required to do by law), providing roads and community facilities
  • Representing Buckinghamshire residents’ interests in major government infrastructure projects such as HS2, Crossrail, Heathrow expansion, and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
  • Maintaining the condition of existing roads through a highway maintenance scheme that focuses on the long-term maintenance of roads
  • Investing in new digital technologies e.g. to make services more cost efficient and improve customer service, by helping people to apply for services online and to track progress on receiving their services
  • Working with suppliers to ensure that our contracts are value for money and minimise inflationary price increases
New ways of working
  • Recruiting more foster carers to look after vulnerable children in a home setting, rather than in children’s homes
  • Working with partners to better meet people’s needs and integrate services so that they can be provided more cost effectively e.g. to provide some healthcare services with the NHS
  • Increasing income, for example by charging for more services e.g. car parking, copies of birth certificates, adult learning courses, equipment to help people to live independently for longer and some waste disposal
  • Changing how some services are delivered, so that funding can be prioritised to support people who need our services the most. We are currently consulting with the public on some of these services (please see our 'Have Your Say' website at the end of this consultation for more details)
Please let us have your views about our proposals and which services in particular you think we should prioritise our spending on. This short questionnaire should only take a few minutes to complete.

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