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BUCKS FACES 64% CUT IN WAKE OF REORGANISATION

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Buckinghamshire, the country's only Conservative-controlled county council, is facing worse than expected budget cu...
Buckinghamshire, the country's only Conservative-controlled county council, is facing worse than expected budget cuts next year, reports BBC Three Counties.

The council loses 30% of its population in April, when Milton Keynes BC becomes a unitary authority. Instead of retaining support for 70% of its present present budget, county councillors have been told government will pay grant on only 64%.

This adds up to a £23m shortfall next year, almost £15m of which will have to come from education. Social services have already said it will have to find £7.4m cuts.

In previous cutbacks other departments like transportation and planning have taken the major reductions to leave the county's grammar school/secondary school system of education intact. This time education will have to take its full share and costs like the £6.5m school transport budget could be a fatality.

A few primary schools, under threat because of lack of pupils, could also be closed.

Overall, few parts of the schools' budget are likely to go untouched.

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