Council tax frozen in county council budget

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Major decisions including the freezing of council tax for a third successive year, investing an additional £25 million in road repairs, increasing funding to the voluntary sector and approval of Bucks County Council’s new Strategic Plan were confirmed by full council yesterday, Thursday.

The council has received £13.6m less funding from Government, but the county council’s band D council tax requirement will remain at £1,077.74.

It will also spend £25 million on road improvements over the next two years.

The council agreed its budget of £326.7m.

Funding has also been reinstated for short breaks for disabled children, Connexions and counselling provision for young people and for Supporting People contracts, following recommendations from the council’s overview and scrutiny committee. The council has also agreed to provide an additional £500k over the next two years to help the sector enhance its ability to bid for county services.

Also receiving the green light was the Council’s new Strategic Plan, the blueprint for future service provision until 2017. The plan prioritises the following key areas:

To ensure that Buckinghamshire has a thriving economy that is creating jobs.

To improve transport networks within Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

To protect the county’s special environment and ensure that it continues to be recognised nationally as one of the best places to live and work.

To give people more say in local services.

To help our children and young people reach their full potential.

To encourage people to do more for themselves, while providing a safety net for the most vulnerable members of the population.

To continue to ensure the provision of high quality services and excellent value for money.

To ensure that your council and its councillors protect the interests of Buckinghamshire residents at local, regional and national levels.