Find out more about the brand new Council for Buckinghamshire
You may have already heard that on 22 May, the final piece of legislation sealing the deal for a new unitary authority was passed by government.
This means that from 1 April 2020, the people and businesses of Buckinghamshire will have one, brand new council delivering all local government services.
What does this mean for me?
For now, nothing will change. All services throughout Buckinghamshire will continue to be delivered by the five current councils - Aylesbury Vale District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council and Wycombe District Council. However, these councils will close on 31 March 2020 with services transferred to the new Buckinghamshire Council on 1 April 2020.
What are the Shadow Authority and Shadow Executive?
Between now and 1 April 2020 a temporary Shadow Authority will bring together the 202 district and county councillors to create the new Buckinghamshire Council and will run alongside the five existing councils. The Shadow Authority will be responsible for setting the 2020/21 council tax and first budget for the new Buckinghamshire Council. Councillor Richard Scott from Wycombe District Council has been elected as Chairman of the Shadow Authority with Councillor Peter Strachan from Aylesbury Vale District Council appointed as Vice-Chairman.
At the first meeting of the Shadow Authority, the Shadow Executive was established. Led by Councillor Martin Tett, Leader of the County Council and supported by Councillor Katrina Wood (Leader of Wycombe District Council) as Deputy Leader, the Shadow Executive will oversee the implementation plan for the new council and will meet regularly over the coming year. Full details of the Shadow Authority and Shadow Executive, including dates, agendas, webcasts and records of public meetings can be found at shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk.
Who are the councillors on the Shadow Executive?
The Shadow Executive consists of 17 members: eight from the four district councils, eight from the County Council and a leader. The Shadow Executive will be aided in their roles by deputies. Details of the Shadow Executive and deputies can be found on the Shadow Authority website (use link above). Each member of the Shadow Executive and their deputy was nominated by their council before being officially appointed at the first meeting of the Shadow Authority.
How can I find out more?
You can keep up to date with the latest news about the biggest change in the county’s local government history at shadow.buckinghamshire.gov.uk or on twitter @DeliveringBucks.