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Accounts

1. Accounts

We make sure we provide cost-effective financial services. This includes a £320m net revenue budget and £100m capital programme.

We also pay 13,500 pensioners in the Local Government Pension Scheme and make payments on 235,000 invoices each year.

Our Financial Regulations are part of our constitution and give an outline of how we manage finances.

How we spend your money is tightly controlled by law and fully accountable to both central government and you, the tax payer.

There are 4 stages:

  1. A statement of accounts is produced
  2. A public notice will advise you when you can inspect and make copies of the accounts
  3. Another public notice will advise you when the accounts have been audited by Grant Thornton
  4. Grant Thornton's audit and inspection report is presented to our Regulatory and Audit Committee

Statement of accounts

2. Budget

Budget Consultation 2018/19

The draft budget for Buckinghamshire County Council 2018/19 was approved by Cabinet on Monday, December 18, 2017, alongside the financial plan for the next four years. 

You can view the Draft Revenue and Capital Budget for 2018/19 report here

If you have any comments regarding the Council's draft budget that you would like the council to take into account when setting its Budget next year please let us know here.

Revenue budget and capital programme

Each February, following a public consultation period, our Cabinet recommend a budget and council tax to the County Council. At its meeting in February the County Council approves the Revenue Budget and Capital Programme and sets the Council Tax.

For further information please contact:

Financial Strategy
Buckinghamshire County Council
County Hall
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1UD

Budget papers

Financial year 2016/17 - 2019/20

Chief Finance Officer's Statutory Report 2016/17 - 2019/20 

3. Council Tax

If you are new to the area and need to register for Council Tax you will need to contact your district council.

For payments, information on discounts or general queries about your Council Tax bill, please contact your district council.

Use a map to select your district council
Enter your postcode to find out which district council area you live in

General information is available on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website.

Your Council Tax helps pay for vital services, including education, caring for people in need, maintaining the road network and protecting our environment. It also pays for services at district and town or parish level, as well as supporting the emergency services such as the fire service and the Police. The money raised though Council Tax is shared out between the following authorities:

  • The County Council
  • Your District Council
  • Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority
  • Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner

Parish or Town Councils in some parts of Buckinghamshire

Council Tax revaluation

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is responsible for assessing all domestic properties in England and Wales and placing them in the appropriate banding for council tax purposes. The Council Tax revaluation in England has been postponed. More information can be found on the DCLG website.

You can contact your local Valuation Office by telephone on 03000 501501.

4. Internal audit

We independently review the our control systems, produce a statement of internal financial control for the annual statutory accounts, investigate cases of fraud and irregularity, and provide advice and consultancy to all areas of the Council.

For more information please write to the Chief Internal Auditor, County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UD.

To report suspected fraud or a corrupt act call 01296 382237 or email audit@buckscc.gov.uk.