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Local government in Buckinghamshire

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Secretary of State Sajid Javid today announced how he is minded to proceed in the delivery of a single, unitary council for Buckinghamshire. In a written ministerial statement, he said: I am today announcing how I am minded to proceed in response to the locally-led proposals that I have received for improving local government in Buckinghamshire. Currently in the administrative county of Buckinghamshire, there is a two-tier structure of Buckinghamshire County Council and the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, High […]

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Armed Forces Day in Buckinghamshire, Saturday 27 June – please volunteer

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This year, Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Aylesbury Rugby Club. We must never forget the achievements and sacrifices made by servicemen and women, their families, and those veterans whose bravery has secured our freedom in some of the most dangerous and challenging conditions. This year’s event plays host to the air show including flypasts by P51 Mustang, Spitfire and Hurricane to name a few. There will be  musical performances from The Memphis Belles, The Army […]

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How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? – Buckinghamshire County Council

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Via Buckinghamshire County Council, news of an important inquiry and a story to which we will return: How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? A council select committee working group is set to investigate the state of urgent healthcare in Bucks, and it’s asking the public to come forward with questions for the committee to put to the NHS managers who commission the services. Buckinghamshire County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) has the responsibility of […]

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Bucks: The 2nd fastest growing economy in the UK

Bucks’ Local Enterprise Partnership kindly gave me an update on how Buckinghamshire people are advancing the UK’s recovery. Buckinghamshire’s private sector is driving the economy forward. Bucks delivered the 2nd fastest growing economy in the UK, we are on top for skills and we have the lowest public sector employment in the country. Astonishingly, Bucks generates a greater financial surplus to the Treasury than all the Core Cities added together. Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) has over 3,500 members who employ […]

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HS2 update: Treasury Committee calls for review of the economic case

The Treasury Select Committee has stated that the economic case for HS2 must be reassessed and updated before the Treasury signs off on the project. In its Latest Spending Round 2013 review the Committee said that, given the recent report by KPMG and published by HS2 Ltd setting out the regional economic impacts, the Treasury must produce its own economic case for HS2. The Committee wrote: The Treasury should not allow HS2 to proceed until it is sure the cost-benefit analysis for […]

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Public urged to tune in to NHS scrutiny meeting

Via Bucks County Council: Changes to health services in Buckinghamshire will come under the microscope at a Council meeting next week – and the public is being urged to tune in to watch the discussions. The county Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee will be sitting down with NHS officials on Friday July 12 to review the progress made by the Better Healthcare in Bucks programme which led to a restructuring of services last year. The meeting will be […]

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Superfast broadband one step closer for thousands more homes and business in Buckinghamshire

Via Bucks County Council: An £18.06 million project to transform broadband speeds for thousands more businesses and residents across Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire was announced on Friday June 21. Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire County Councils have signed a contract with BT which will see fibre broadband becoming available to more than 90 per cent of premises in the two counties by the end of March 2016. This is a major step forward for the Connected Counties programme which is run jointly by […]

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Polling stations open now in Bucks CC election

Polling is in progress today across the country. In Wycombe, we have elections for Bucks County Council and a by-election for Disraeli ward of Wycombe District Council. The BFP reports that our Town Crier has made a final appeal for people to vote. So far, turnout appears to be consistent with precedent for local elections: rather low. My wife and I voted this morning in West Wycombe. I understand people were turning out at a rate of about 10 per […]

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Community Transport Challenge Fund Launches in Buckinghamshire

From Bucks County Council by email: A new scheme aimed at improving links for people who live away from major transport routes has been launched in Buckinghamshire. Transport for Buckinghamshire, Buckinghamshire Community Foundation and Community Impact Bucks have worked together to introduce the Community Transport Challenge Fund. Approximately 75 community transport schemes exist in the county, often run by a small team of volunteers. The aim of the Community Transport Challenge is to support new and existing services in activities that help people get […]

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Bucks home to school transport consultation ends on 31 Jan

Via Bucks County Council: Time running out for consultation on the future of home to school transport There are only [8] days left for parents to have their say on the proposed changes to Buckinghamshire’s home to school transport policy, due to be implemented in September 2012.  The changes, likely to affect the majority of secondary school pupils, would mean that transport will only be provided to the pupil’s nearest secondary school.  Under the existing policy, pupils currently receive free […]

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