BUCKS Council has agreed its final Revenue Budget and Capital Programme by majority vote.

The budget was carried during a full council meeting, on Wednesday, February 24.

Among its recommendations, which have now been approved, is a 1.99 per cent hike in basic council tax from April, together with a two per cent increase in the Adult Social Care Precept to support elderly and vulnerable people.

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Council leader Cllr Martin Tett previously said this budget is “focussed almost entirely on getting us through the next year and hopefully then to more predictable times”.

Bucks Free Press: As part of the budget, more than £2 million will be used to cover “significant” income loss across services and pressures in children’s services.

Up to £100 million for capital investments has also been agreed, as well as £4 million to clear blocked drains and for “much-needed structural repairs”.

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Cllr Angela Macpherson said she was “absolutely delighted” to second the budget, adding: “This is a prudent budget that focuses on key risks…around income reduction, risks around the demand-driven dynamic budgets we have in children’s services and adult social care.

“We’ve ensured that we’ve got adequate contingencies.”

Cllr Tett added: “We want to make sure that we balance the expenditure of this council, both in terms of what our residents can afford but also in terms of their key priorities.”

The council’s Treasury Management Strategy and its Capital and Investment Strategy were also both carried.

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