Speaking up for residents
County Councillors are elected to represent the views of their local residents and the interests of Buckinghamshire as a whole. One way in which Councillors do this is through voicing issues that affect local people to Government in order to make sure that decisions take full account of the best interests of the County.
The County Council is also at the forefront of the campaign against High Speed 2 (HS2) through 51m, a group of 18 local authorities opposed to the rail project.
Another way in which the Council seeks to protect Buckinghamshire’s interests is through responding to government calls for evidence and responding to consultations. It is important that the Council does this to put forward the perspective of residents and to protect services where possible. Some examples of our responses include:
Calls for evidence
|Subject||Recipient||Overview of response|
|Draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill||Home Affairs Committee||The Council responded to the call for evidence from the Committee in January 2013.|
|Role of school governing bodies||Education Committee||The Council responded to the call for evidence from the Committee in January 2013|
|Female Genital Mutilation||Home Affairs Committee||The Council responded to Call for Evidence from the Committee in February 2014|
|Lowering the Voting Age to 16||Youth Select Committee||The Council submitted evidence to the Select Committee prior to the May 2014 deadline (p.61)|
|Subject||Recipient||Date of Submission||Overview of response||Outcome|
|Draft Care and Support Bill||Department of Health||October 2012||
The Council fully agree with the commitment to prevention and broader wellbeing agenda. However the draft Bill was unclear on how this will be resourced in a climate where this is no clarity around Dilnot and how this will be funded.
The Council’s response is very much in line with that of the Local Government Association (LGA).
|New Homes Bonus||Department of Communities and Local Government||September 2013|
|Department for Culture, Media and Sport||April 2014||Detailed response not available. Several references to the County Council’s agreement with the proposals throughout the government’s consultation response.|
|Subject||Recipient||Date of Submission||Summary of Submission
|Early investment in our road infrastructure is key to economic growth||Secretary of State for Transport||18 July 2013||
The County Council, as a member of South East Strategic Leaders, is called on Government to bring forward its spending plans and invest in the South East roads network now to unlock economic opportunities, create jobs and reduce the cost of maintenance over the longer term.
|HM Treasury||November 2013||
The Council called upon the Government to introduce further, appropriate controls to prevent inappropriate controls to prevent inappropriate use and promotion of short term loans, particularly to the most vulnerable.