Localism

4. Devolution

We recognise that enabling town and parish councils to take on ownership or management of local assets or services can play an important part in empowering local communities and enable them to be stronger, more resilient and sustainable.

Devolution can take several forms, ranging from devolved local management arrangements, to the freehold transfer of a property or open space, through to full devolution of the responsibility for a service. We are committed to pro-actively seeking to transfer appropriate community assets and service devolution in order to provide benefits to local communities.

We support local people, town and parish councils and the voluntary and community sector who are keen to play an active role in making decisions that affect them and in delivering what their community needs.

Buckinghamshire’s many towns and villages are all different and they need different approaches to suit their needs. A ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work. A positive and productive relationship between Buckinghamshire Council and the town and parish councils is vital to the successful and effective local governance of Buckinghamshire.

The Shadow Authority, preparing the way for the new Buckinghamshire Council, adopted the service devolution and assets transfer policy in November 2019. Since then staff have been developing the detail of the devolution work programme, and established the criteria we will use to prioritise the large number of proposals we expect to receive. Officers are now working with many town and parish councils and community groups on the delivery of the programme.

If your organisation is considering how devolution of a council asset or service could benefit your community you will find the information below helpful.  

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Last updated: 6 April 2020

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