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