County’s bud­get in the spot­light

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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