Buckinghamshire Council organisation
The new Buckinghamshire Council replaces Buckinghamshire County Council and the 4 district councils: South Bucks, Wycombe, Chilterns and Aylesbury Vale. The merger of the 5 councils needs to deliver economies that can release funds to the front line.
The budget of over a billion pounds covers all local services; education, health and social care, transport and potholes, planning and mineral extraction, waste and recycling, licencing and libraries, housing and homelessness, crime. This is done through the full council, regulatory committees, appointments to outside bodies and advisory groups. The Liberal Democrats believe that the new council is one vital way to improve our community, but that means having local councillors able to speak for their electorate and free to scutininse council decisions.
2020/21 Gross Budget
Children's Social Care includes care services, children in care and preventive services
Resources includes IT, customer services, finance, and property maintenance
Environment includes waste collection and disposals, recycling, flood prevention, street cleaning and rights of way
Education includes Special Educational needs, school improvements and early years services
Schools are funded by special grants. Many schools are managed by Academy groups. The council is involved in the assignment of these groups in conjunction with the Regional Schools Commissioner.
Adult Social Care budget has been increased to cover increases in demand, cost and complexity of social care services
Unitary Wards - each with 3 councillors
147 new councillors from 49 three member wards will run this council, making this one of the biggest councils in the country. In the future, the Liberal Democrats will seek to reduce this to fewer than 100 councillors saving £1M pa.
The head of Buckinghamshire Council will appoint a chair for each of 16 Community Boards. The boards will prioritise local projects after consultation with Parish Council representatives, who have no voting rights. These boards have a budget of £3.9M, covering Community Area Priorities, Health and Wellbeing, and Local Infrastructure.
Our area is covered by a) Beeches Community Board (Burnham, Farnham, Stoke Poges, Taplow and Dorney), b) Wexham and Ivers, c) Denham, Gerrards Cross and Chalfonts, d) Beaconsfield & Chapping Wye, and e) SW Chilterns (Marlow, Flackwell and Bourne End).
The Beeches area are been given nothing in the Local Infrastructure fund, since it is based number of houses proposed in the Draft Local Plan. It should be used to support the upgrading of existing and/or new physical and/or social infrastructure.
Some local services will be delegated to parish councils after consultation. This needs to be cost neutral with central funding in return for managing the services. These may include grass cutting, streetlights and even car parks. Parishes partially fund some infrastructure projects.