The Government is ‘minded to’ create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.
If you believe it is time we changed to a better value, simpler and more local system, please share your support with the Secretary of State to ensure this much-needed change happens
Show your support for our proposal – email firstname.lastname@example.org by 25 May
Ten reasons for a single, completely new council
Can speak with one, powerful voice to government on behalf of residents, communities and businesses throughout Buckinghamshire.
Planning for housing integrated with delivery of infrastructure such as roads and broadband, at a scale where genuinely strategic decisions can be made.
Savings of at least £18.2m per year (figures have been independently verified), many millions more than the two unitary proposal.
Scale to drive efficiencies and secure the most competitive deals with the private sector.
Ability to better attract and retain best staff, with talent concentrated in one local authority.
Removes significant risk of splitting vital services, for example children’s services and adult social care – a process which would also create additional layers of senior management.
Protects Buckinghamshire’s excellent education system, where 90% of Buckinghamshire children attend a good/outstanding school.
Integration and alignment with partners in health, blue light services and the voluntary and community sector, which operate on a Buckinghamshire-wide footprint.
No domination by a single large local centre.
Essential financial resilience that comes through working at a county-wide scale – several smaller unitary councils have struggled to keep financially afloat.
What the Government said about the proposals
Secretary of State Sajid Javid said one new unitary council is “likely to improve local government and service delivery in the county, generating savings, increasing financial resilience, facilitating a more strategic and holistic approach to planning and housing challenges, and sustaining good local services.”
Mr Javid said an alternative proposal to break Buckinghamshire into north and south unitary councils is “unlikely to improve local government in the area, generate significant savings, or provide the capacity to sustain major services or to address planning and housing challenges.”
Both the county and district councils and many other people believe it is essential to change the current bureaucratic and expensive two-tier system.
The proposal for a single unitary council is clearly the most credible and viable option for change. Please write to the Secretary of State to ensure that change happens: email@example.com
County Council Leader, Martin Tett, on the government’s minded-to decision:
- One stop shop for residents and businesses to access all council services across Buckinghamshire.
- All services under one chief executive, leading to more joined-up thinking and better services.
- Easier to set up as vast majority of services already delivered on a county-wide basis.
- Saves taxpayers millions of pounds at a time of severe financial pressures.
- Massively increases efficiency, buying power and economies of scale.
- Opportunity to sell buildings no longer in use, raising millions to invest in residents’ priorities.
- Local people with local knowledge in control of local services.
- Clearer link between councillors, parishes and local community activists.
- Partnership offer giving parish and town councils the option of taking on more services.