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CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SET BUDGETS

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Cambridgeshire CC has set its budget for next year at£409m, Oxfordshire CC is meeting today to formally discuss se...
Cambridgeshire CC has set its budget for next year at£409m, Oxfordshire CC is meeting today to formally discuss setting next year's budget and Buckinghamshire CC has increased its council tax for band D properties by£30 a year, reported BBC Three Counties.

Buckinghamshire CC says it has taken£5.5m from reserves but that did not make up fully the£9.5m shortfall between the government's enforced spending limit and the amount needed to maintain services.

The council is set to approve a policy and resources committee recommendation of£291.2m,£5.2m less than its capping limit.

Cambridgeshire CC's council tax bills will increase by five per cent - up by£23 a year for an average band D property.

The authority says that it has had to make cuts to all services to enable it to keep within government capping limits, despite the council taking nearly£3m from reserves specifically to minimise the cuts to education and social services.

In Oxfordshire CC all four political parties put forward proposals to set the budget above the government's capping limit of£339.5m.

Councillors are to discuss the budget today before meeting on Tuesday February 18 to finalise the details.

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