County’s budget in the spotlight
PLANS for next year’s county budget will be scrutinised starting from next week.
The timetable for scrutinising every area of the cabinet’s budget proposals for 2015/16 has been announced by David Shakespeare, chairman of the budget scrutiny select committee inquiry.
The cabinet has proposed a 1.99 per cent hike in council tax and £25m to go towards fixing roads plus £1.1m more to go to children’s services.
There would also be cut backs on local schemes, PCSOs and less support for the Supporting People Service.
All meetings about the budget will take place in County Hall, Aylesbury, and begin on December 16.
Inquiry chairman David Shakespeare said: “Our task is to fully scrutinise and challenge the cabinet proposals to spend nearly £330m of public money next year.
“In today’s tough financial climate, it’s vital that every pound is spent wisely and gives good value for money.
“The inquiry’s task is to hold individual cabinet members to account for their plans and to ensure this is achieved on behalf of all council tax payers in Buckinghamshire.
“Local people are welcome to attend the inquiry meetings or to watch the meetings as they happen via the webcast.”
The detailed findings will be presented to cabinet on February 9, 2015.
The final budget for 2015/16 will be agreed by the full council at its meeting on February 12, 2015. The timetable will be: 2.30pm on Tuesday, December 16 in Mezz Room 2 – covering health and wellbeing
10am on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in Mezz Room 2 – covering the leader of the council and finance and resources
10am on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in Mezz Room 1 – covering community engagement, planning and environment, transportation and the capital programme
10am on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Mezz Room 1 – covering children’s services and education and skills.
All meetings will be webcast via the council’s website.