Council tax to rise as county council unveils budget

Bucks Free Press: Council tax to rise as county council unveils budget Council tax to rise as county council unveils budget

COUNTY Hall has announced it will increase council tax for the first time in four years.

Presenting a £332.7m budget for 2014/15 today, Buckinghamshire County Council has said council tax will rise by 1.5 percent.

Council chiefs pledged to spend almost £65m to repair roads over the next four years and plough a further £200,000 to prevent child sexual exploitation.

The budget also allows the council ‘to protect vital service to the most vulnerable residents’.

BCC Leader Cllr Martin Tett said: “Despite far better news for the UK economy as a whole, thanks to the Government, for local government the financial road ahead will be very tough.

“Only those local authorities who see and understand this and who plan and respond now will survive intact.

“This budget faces up to difficult decisions. It includes major cost savings and increases in income.

“It is a tough budget for tough times into the foreseeable future but it is also a budget that begins a long term strategy for financial stability and sustainability.”

The council has received £4.6 million of the £5m funds that were originally deposited with Landsbanki Islands Bank in 2008.

BCC sold its claim against the insolvent estate of the bank through a competitive auction process.

The price was based on a reserve price set by the council after legal advice.

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2:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Darren Hayday says...

Shame on the Tories for voting to take more money out of our pockets- I voted 'no' to an increase in our Council Tax!
Shame on the Tories for voting to take more money out of our pockets- I voted 'no' to an increase in our Council Tax! Darren Hayday

3:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

A VOTER says...

Here are some cuts that could be made:

Chris Williams, Chief Executive, £209,070
Trevor Boyd, Director - Adults & Family Wellbeing, £137,061
Sue Imbriano, Director - Children and Young People, £143,520
Neil Gibson, Director - Communities & B’ Environment, £143,520
Gill Hibberd, Director - Resources & Bns’ Transformation, £143,520
Richard Ambrose, Director Finance & Commercial Services, £111,720
Sarah Ashmead, Director Policy, Performance, Comms, £81,780
Jane O'Grady, Director - Public Health & Primary Care Trust, £89,370
Here are some cuts that could be made: Chris Williams, Chief Executive, £209,070 Trevor Boyd, Director - Adults & Family Wellbeing, £137,061 Sue Imbriano, Director - Children and Young People, £143,520 Neil Gibson, Director - Communities & B’ Environment, £143,520 Gill Hibberd, Director - Resources & Bns’ Transformation, £143,520 Richard Ambrose, Director Finance & Commercial Services, £111,720 Sarah Ashmead, Director Policy, Performance, Comms, £81,780 Jane O'Grady, Director - Public Health & Primary Care Trust, £89,370 A VOTER

4:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

A VOTER says...

Cutting that list above would save just over £1 million every year, and would only upset eight people in this County.
Cutting that list above would save just over £1 million every year, and would only upset eight people in this County. A VOTER

7:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Cley123 says...

The only reason are roads are in such a state is because they have been starved of maintenance for years. Personally I don't think the BCC could run the proverbial at a brewery.
The only reason are roads are in such a state is because they have been starved of maintenance for years. Personally I don't think the BCC could run the proverbial at a brewery. Cley123

3:27am Fri 14 Feb 14

Michael, HP7 says...

A VOTER wrote:
Here are some cuts that could be made:

Chris Williams, Chief Executive, £209,070
Trevor Boyd, Director - Adults & Family Wellbeing, £137,061
Sue Imbriano, Director - Children and Young People, £143,520
Neil Gibson, Director - Communities & B’ Environment, £143,520
Gill Hibberd, Director - Resources & Bns’ Transformation, £143,520
Richard Ambrose, Director Finance & Commercial Services, £111,720
Sarah Ashmead, Director Policy, Performance, Comms, £81,780
Jane O'Grady, Director - Public Health & Primary Care Trust, £89,370
COMMENT
Cats always bury their doo-doo in YOUR garden.
Note the Iceland BCC settlement. Slyly buried in unsigned above article.Sneaked in, at the end. Article unsigned. No separate announcement.
BCC lost £400,000 of YOUR money, punting millions of pounds upfront council tax, demanded and received from you, (instead of mending roads),
into dodgy Icelandic deposit-takers.
The front-man at the time, David Shakespeare, is long gone.Deo gratias.
The back (executive office) of Buckinghamshire County Council seems largely unchanged, overstaffed and overpaid..
- Gobbling OUR money on no-doubt peer-worthy fat titles and bloated turkey salaries to match, always at tax-payers' expense.
Doo-doo buried in YOUR garden.
Q.
WHERE IS "THE JUDGE" ?? - YOU USED TO TALK IN THESE BFP COLUMNS, ABOUT ICEBANK - BUCKS CC - SWINDLE - FIASCO! REMIND US WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT !!!
-Such a pity that the BFP's Steve Cohen is not editing the BFP any more. Let go a year ago.
Never mind, he made a seemingly seamless onward transition to working for BCC communications unit at Bucks County Hall.
Plus ca change...?
I smell news management.
Michael, HP7
Feb 2014
[quote][p][bold]A VOTER[/bold] wrote: Here are some cuts that could be made: Chris Williams, Chief Executive, £209,070 Trevor Boyd, Director - Adults & Family Wellbeing, £137,061 Sue Imbriano, Director - Children and Young People, £143,520 Neil Gibson, Director - Communities & B’ Environment, £143,520 Gill Hibberd, Director - Resources & Bns’ Transformation, £143,520 Richard Ambrose, Director Finance & Commercial Services, £111,720 Sarah Ashmead, Director Policy, Performance, Comms, £81,780 Jane O'Grady, Director - Public Health & Primary Care Trust, £89,370[/p][/quote]COMMENT Cats always bury their doo-doo in YOUR garden. Note the Iceland BCC settlement. Slyly buried in unsigned above article.Sneaked in, at the end. Article unsigned. No separate announcement. BCC lost £400,000 of YOUR money, punting millions of pounds upfront council tax, demanded and received from you, (instead of mending roads), into dodgy Icelandic deposit-takers. The front-man at the time, David Shakespeare, is long gone.Deo gratias. The back (executive office) of Buckinghamshire County Council seems largely unchanged, overstaffed and overpaid.. - Gobbling OUR money on no-doubt peer-worthy fat titles and bloated turkey salaries to match, always at tax-payers' expense. Doo-doo buried in YOUR garden. Q. WHERE IS "THE JUDGE" ?? - YOU USED TO TALK IN THESE BFP COLUMNS, ABOUT ICEBANK - BUCKS CC - SWINDLE - FIASCO! REMIND US WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT !!! -Such a pity that the BFP's Steve Cohen is not editing the BFP any more. Let go a year ago. Never mind, he made a seemingly seamless onward transition to working for BCC communications unit at Bucks County Hall. Plus ca change...? I smell news management. Michael, HP7 Feb 2014 Michael, HP7

8:54am Fri 14 Feb 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

A VOTER wrote:
Here are some cuts that could be made:

Chris Williams, Chief Executive, £209,070
Trevor Boyd, Director - Adults & Family Wellbeing, £137,061
Sue Imbriano, Director - Children and Young People, £143,520
Neil Gibson, Director - Communities & B’ Environment, £143,520
Gill Hibberd, Director - Resources & Bns’ Transformation, £143,520
Richard Ambrose, Director Finance & Commercial Services, £111,720
Sarah Ashmead, Director Policy, Performance, Comms, £81,780
Jane O'Grady, Director - Public Health & Primary Care Trust, £89,370
And that's just their salaries.

You could probably add about 25% to that total for the amount that is poured into their substantial pension pots, plus all their 'expenses' of course.
[quote][p][bold]A VOTER[/bold] wrote: Here are some cuts that could be made: Chris Williams, Chief Executive, £209,070 Trevor Boyd, Director - Adults & Family Wellbeing, £137,061 Sue Imbriano, Director - Children and Young People, £143,520 Neil Gibson, Director - Communities & B’ Environment, £143,520 Gill Hibberd, Director - Resources & Bns’ Transformation, £143,520 Richard Ambrose, Director Finance & Commercial Services, £111,720 Sarah Ashmead, Director Policy, Performance, Comms, £81,780 Jane O'Grady, Director - Public Health & Primary Care Trust, £89,370[/p][/quote]And that's just their salaries. You could probably add about 25% to that total for the amount that is poured into their substantial pension pots, plus all their 'expenses' of course. Bill Taxpayer

11:53am Sun 16 Feb 14

pulsecity says...

All I can say is they are taking the ****.. the roads are the pits.. what else do county do exactly.. not a lot, I think..
All I can say is they are taking the ****.. the roads are the pits.. what else do county do exactly.. not a lot, I think.. pulsecity

11:53am Sun 16 Feb 14

pulsecity says...

P.I.S.S.
P.I.S.S. pulsecity

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