Money Matters: Have your say on Buckinghamshire Council's spending priorities for 2023 to 2024

Closed 20 Nov 2022

Opened 12 Oct 2022

Feedback updated 1 Sep 2023

We asked

Each year we must prepare a budget. All councils have a legal duty to limit their spending to the income they receive each year - our budget must balance.

Most of our annual budget needs to be spent on the services we are required by law to provide, such as social care for adults and children.

We consulted on the proposed budget allocation and service priorities from 12 October to 20 November 2022.

You said

We received 1,805 responses to the consultation:

  • 1,797 from residents
  • 8 from organisations

Views on proposed allocation of annual budget for 2023 to 2024:

  • 34% of respondents agreed with the proposed allocation of Buckinghamshire Council’s annual budget for 2023 to 2024
  • 30% of respondents disagreed with the proposal
  • 36% of respondents neither agreed nor disagreed with the proposal

The top 10 services where respondents felt we should prioritise funding:

  1. Care and support for older people and vulnerable adults (67%)
  2. Road maintenance (47%)
  3. Educational services (41%)
  4. Community safety (35%)
  5. Housing (31%)
  6. Protecting the environment (30%)
  7. Services and support for children and young people (30%)
  8. Waste collection (22%)
  9. Maintaining parks, open spaces, playing fields and the countryside (22%)
  10. Pavement maintenance (20%)

The top 10 services where respondents felt we should not prioritise funding:

  1. Car parking (39%)
  2. Culture and tourism (39%)
  3. Public Health services (38%)
  4. Maintaining street furniture (33%)
  5. Maintaining rights of way (30%)
  6. Services to attract and support local businesses (27%)
  7. Library services (25%)
  8. Trading standards (23%)
  9. Local regeneration (23%)
  10. Sport and leisure services (21%)

More information about the budget consultation results (PDF 1.58 MB).

We did

The consultation results were reviewed by Cabinet, alongside the final budget report, at its meeting on 5 January 2023.

During the week of 9 January 2023, the Budget Scrutiny Select Committee Inquiry reviewed and challenged the budget proposals.

They made recommendations on potential changes to the budget which were presented to Cabinet on 14 February 2023.

At its meeting on 22 February 2023, Buckinghamshire Council approved the proposed budget allocation for 2023 to 2024.

Details of all the proposed budget changes (PDF 0.19MB).


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We want to know which services you think we should be prioritising in our budget for next year, and what you think about our outline plans for how we're suggesting next year's budget should be spent.

We are working hard on spending plans for next year. With a really challenging economic climate, with rising energy costs, interest rates and inflation, it’s more essential than ever that you tell us how you want your money to be spent.

The costs involved in providing our services have risen sharply due to higher inflation. This makes setting the budget and balancing the books extremely challenging this year.

You have an important role to play in the budget-setting process as we need to determine how you want your council tax spent.

In considering your response, take time to reflect on the wider needs of the whole of Buckinghamshire in addition to the specific priorities for yourself, your family, your immediate community, your business or your organisation.

How the council is funded

The money we receive from council tax covers 82% of the cost of providing all Buckinghamshire Council’s services – from paying for care packages for adults who need it, to providing emergency accommodation for homeless people and vulnerable children, as well as the essential services everyone relies on like bin collections, road repairs and keeping streets and open spaces clean and safe.

The other 18% of the council's budget is funded by money from business rates, the New Homes Bonus and other grants.

It’s also important to note that the funding for the running of our schools is not set or controlled by the council. This goes directly to schools from government as part of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

How your money is spent

All councils have a legal duty to limit their spending to the income they receive each year. So, our budget must balance.

The vast majority of our budget each year needs to be spent on the services we are required by law to provide, such as social care for adults and children. This is known as statutory spend.

The current spending breakdown for the year 2022/23 is:

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  • Adult Social Care (including Public Health) - £164,514,000
  • Children's Social Care - £74,930,000
  • Roads & Transportation - £55,332,000
  • Waste & Recycling - £24,278,000
  • Education (excluding the Dedicated Schools Grant) - £14,753,000
  • ICT (Information Communication Technology) - £13,656,000
  • Legal and Democratic Services - £12,158,000
  • Business Operations - £11,147,000
  • Finance - £8,789,000
  • Other corporate services - £7,879,000
  • Localities & Partnerships - £7,582,000
  • Planning - £6,202,000
  • Culture & Leisure - £4,927,000
  • Human Resources - £4,681,000
  • Regulatory Services - £3,600,000
  • Economic Regeneration & Strategic Infrastructure - £3,404,000
  • Housing - £3,370,000
  • Street Cleaning - £2,587,000
  • Environment - £1,844,000

This adds up to a total spend of £425,633,000 for 2022/23.

We are proposing to allocate the 2023/24 budget in a similar way.

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

You can pick up a paper copy of the survey in one of our Council Access Points, including libraries.

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us at

Please tell us your views by midnight on Sunday 20 November 2022.

What happens next

We will consider all the feedback we receive and use the findings to help us develop the draft budget further.

A detailed draft budget will be published in early 2023 for further feedback and scrutiny. It will then be finalised and agreed in February 2023.


We will use the information you provide here only for this activity. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal details. For more information about data and privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.


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