Keeping you informed as we create the new Buckinghamshire Council 
14 August 2019
Issue Number 3

Welcome

Welcome to the latest update for town and parish councils about the work taking place to deliver the new Buckinghamshire Council.
 
As the five existing councils work together to create the new Buckinghamshire Council, we want to ensure you have the opportunity to express your views, participate in making decisions and get involved in shaping the new council.

It’s important that we build strong links between local communities and the new council, and your help and feedback is essential to this.
 
We have just launched two public consultations about the new Buckinghamshire Council and we want you to share your views. Please also feel free to share these consultations.

Community Boards Consultation
- ends 30 September 2019

Thank you for your comments and feedback so far regarding the proposed creation of community boards across Buckinghamshire.  

Following the workshops held with town and parish councils throughout June, we have considered your feedback and submitted our proposal to the Shadow Executive. This proposal has now been approved by the Shadow Executive for public consultation.
 
Community boards would help the new council understand local needs and respond to them more effectively. A public consultation will run from Monday 12 August to Monday 30 September asking members, residents, town and parish councils and local community groups to give their view on how they think these boards could work.
 
Information about the proposal, including the benefits of community boards for town and parish councils, plus the consultation survey can be found on the Shadow Authority website.

There will be also be a number of public drop-in sessions where you can talk to someone about the consultation:
  • 29 August 2019 – Bucks County Show
  • 3 September 2019,  11am – 1pm – Friars Square, Aylesbury
  • 5 September 2019, 10am – 12pm – Chiltern District Council, Amersham
  • 10 September 2019, 10am – 12pm – Buckingham Library
  • 17 September 2019, 12pm – 2pm – Wycombe District Council

An additional drop in session is being planned to take place at Burnham Library - we will let you know when this is shortly. 

Council Tax Reduction Consultation
- ends 24 September 2019

Currently across Buckinghamshire each district council has their own scheme (called the Council Tax Reduction Scheme) that sets out how they support people on low incomes by reducing the council tax bill. The current schemes offer various levels of support for people in the same situation living in different parts of the county.

The aim is to have one scheme that offers the same level of support to all council tax payers across the whole of Buckinghamshire from 1 April 2020. One scheme will mean that people in the same situation are treated consistently and fairly wherever they live in Buckinghamshire.
 
A public consultation has been launched this week asking for people’s views on the proposed changes to the level of reductions to council tax bills for people on low incomes in a new scheme for Buckinghamshire Council.
 
Information about the proposal, including case studies illustrating the potential impact for different groups of people, plus the consultation survey can be found on the Shadow Authority website.

Dates for your diary

Next meeting of the Shadow Executive
20 August 10am, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Aylesbury

This is a public meeting so all are welcome to attend or to see the live webcast of the meeting go to shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk
 
Community boards public consultation
12 August - 30 September 2019
 
Council Tax Reduction (Support) public consultation
14 August - 24 September 2019 

Comments or questions?

If you have any comments about the content of this newsletter, or questions about the programme to deliver the new Buckinghamshire Council, please email: 
unitarycomms@buckscc.gov.uk

You are receiving this email as you are the clerk for a town or parish council or your email address for is listed publicly on your town or parish council website.

If you would like your town or parish councillors to receive these emails directly please let us know by emailing unitarycomms@buckscc.gov.uk
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