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Modernising local government in Buckinghamshire - read our report

Modernising local government

To help inform the discussion about modernising local government in Buckinghamshire, we commissioned an open and independent review to find the best option for the future. We have done this in partnership with our District Council colleagues at Aylesbury Vale, South Bucks and Wycombe. 

The report highlights that there are many credible options for modernising local government in Bucks and a single unitary authority is not the only way.

Read the pdf icon Local Govt Options brochure [1Mb]

Read the pdf icon strategic options case for modernising local government in Buckinghamshire [1Mb] which outlines the range of options that we could investigate further.

The report is also clear that just reorganising without transformation - largely in adult social care and children's services - wouldn't solve the challenges that local government is facing. The focus needs to be on how things are done, not who is doing it.

From our point of view, our focus is on finding the best option that:

• strengthens local decision making
• improves and protect the future of local services
• saves taxpayers' money
• keeps our customers at the centre of everything we do

We don't believe that change is about seeking short term gains. We need solutions that provide a solid foundation for any future challenges and which will benefit our children's children.

We believe that any changes would need to be introduced through a measured, considered and collaborative approach. So for now, we're staying open-minded about each of the options that the report presents. And we'll be talking to our partners and stakeholders to hear what they think about the options in the report as well.

We've confirmed with government that they will not be making a decision about any reorganisation in Bucks. They are clear that they expect any decision would be made locally and be based on local consensus.