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Buckinghamshire County Council Webcasting

Bucks County Council now webcasts its meetings. But what’s a webcast? It’s a transmission of audio and video over the internet. Video cameras capture our committee meetings and make them available for you to watch live. Webcasts are also available after the meeting, usually within 48 hours of the meeting. Archived meetings have handy index points allowing you to jump to specific agenda items or speakers. More via Webcast home: Buckinghamshire County Council Webcasting.

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51m’s response to the HS2 decision

Via 51m.co.uk, Councils opposing HS2 say that although they have no objections to the principle of high speed rail, they will continue to fight the current flawed proposals, following news that the Government plans to press ahead with the £32 billion project. Leaders will be examining the decision and considering whether there are grounds for a legal challenge. “This is an immensely bad decision for Britain,” said Martin Tett, Chairman of the 51m alliance of local councils challenging the scheme, […]

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Buckinghamshire Community Foundation Winter Fuel Payment initiative

Over the Christmas period, the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation restarted their annual Winter Fuel Payment initiative, through which better off pensioners can donate those payments to people in need. Their initiative has raised nearly £14,000, which is nearly twice as much as last year. I am delighted that the people of Bucks have made this possible. Amongst other initiatives, the Foundation is looking at new funding schemes with local businesses, such as the Midcounties Co-operative, and they are also working with local projects […]

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Bucks CC: Winter Plan in Action

Via Buckinghamshire County Council Press Release 1915 30/11/2010: Winter Plan in Action As Buckinghamshire encounters the first of this season’s snow, Transport for Buckinghamshire is stepping up to ensure the roads are kept safe. They are currently salting 40% of the road network, equating to 1,375km and are on call 24 hours a day, ready to respond to changing weather conditions. Salt bins and heaps are provided at locations around the county and can be used for treating footways and unsalted […]

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Adjournment debate on HS2 today

THE Government’s High Speed 2 plans were today opposed by Wycombe MP Steve Baker in the Houses of Parliament. Tory MP Mr Baker personally called a 90 minute debate this morning, where Transport Minister Theresa Villiers was summoned. Read the full coverage in the BFP here. a video of the debate is available here. I am grateful to the Minister and colleagues for their participation.

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Bucks CC agrees £9.2m spending reductions in 2010/11 budget

 I have received the following press release from Buckinghamshire County Council, which illustrates the scale of the action needed to deal with the legacy of the last government: COUNTY AGREES £9.2m SPENDING REDUCTIONS IN 2010/11 BUDGET At a meeting unprecedented in Buckinghamshire County Council’s history, members today (Thursday 5 August) agreed a revised budget to achieve immediate in-year spending reductions of £9.2 million, to avoid spending £9m of taxpayers’ money that the council doesn’t have.  Increased spending pressures within some […]

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Buckinghamshire pupils excel at key stage 4

Via Buckinghamshire County Council, we find congratulations are due to the staff and pupils of Buckinghamshire’s schools: Figures published yesterday (13 January 2010) on the achievements of pupils in Buckinghamshire in GCSE examinations and other equivalent qualifications at the end of Key Stage 4 (KS4) show that results have improved yet again this year. The latest Achievement and Attainment Tables published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families show that Buckinghamshire came top of all shire authorities in the […]

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