Changes to our services for residents
While we assess the impact to our services, view the:
You can also view the information on our website to find specific local coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling due to COVID-19, call us on 01296 395000 8:30am to 7pm Monday to Friday.
While we deal with the current outbreak of COVID-19, some council services may be affected. View our most up-to-date information on each area.
Local Emergency Support
If you live in Buckinghamshire you might be able to apply for local Emergency Support. This is intended to cover urgent short-term emergencies (i.e. no immediate food, no heating or lighting).
If you are a tenant at a council owned property and you need to speak to us about your tenancy, contact [email protected] and a property manager will get in touch with you.
Adult Social Care
With the Coronavirus situation, we may need to make some temporary changes to our services. This is so we can protect people from infection and use our staff and resources where they are most needed.
Visiting care homes
Please check the guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19 by visiting GOV.UK: vising care homes during coronavirus.
Once Care home staff are trained and able to offer testing, visitors will need to:
- arrange visits directly with the care home in advance
- wear masks, aprons and gloves at all times
- have a test each time they visit
- follow any policies in place to ensure the safety of care home residents and staff
Bin collection, recycling and waste
Waste services (all areas)
All sites remain open despite the national lockdown. No changes to opening days or hours.
Stay up to date with any service disruption by visiting the Coronavirus Waste Services page.
Births, deaths, marriages and civil-partnerships
The Coroner's Court will only be open for inquests listed on the forthcoming inquest list. At all other times it will be closed to the public.
If you're attending an inquest, you'll need to confirm this with the Coroner’s Office no later than 12 noon the day before an inquest by:
- calling 01494 475 505
- emailing [email protected]
The Coroner's Office remains accessible for all other services by email or telephone during normal office hours.
In accordance with national guidance, we are asking that you limit the number of immediate family attending to no more than thirty.
For more information, see the funerals service page.
Registration services are by appointment only.
Full details can be found on the registration service updates page.
Care for children and families
Family Support Service - family centres
We will update the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service and Buckinghamshire Council websites when we have more information.
Fostering Information Events are taking place online for the time being.
We will always need foster carers to come forward and are still here to talk to anyone considering fostering. Please do get in touch with the fostering team.
Short breaks services
A limited service range of daytime short breaks and overnight short breaks that comply with government guidance for Personal Protective Equipment and social distancing is being offered to children and families deemed by Children’s Social Care to be at the greatest need.
Visit the short breaks services status page for further details.
Cemeteries maintained by Buckinghamshire Council are remaining open for the time being.
View our current guidance about visiting a cemetery.
Guidance about what constitutes a nuisance in the current situation.
Culture and tourism
Black Park, Langley Park and Denham Country Park parks are open. For information about opening times, facilities available and restrictions currently in place, visit the country parks page.
Parks and playgrounds
Parks and children’s playgrounds remain open. Our outdoor game areas and tennis courts are also now open to use for exercise.
For details of parks with these facilities, see our information about outdoor game areas and tennis courts.
Public rights of way
The restrictions on movement announced by the government now apply to public rights of way and the countryside access network.
Health, wellbeing and sports
Leisure and community centres
Public leisure centres across Buckinghamshire are now open in line with the latest government guidance. Visit your local leisure centre website for further information or refer to the government guidance.
Archive Service will reopen from Tuesday 13 April, operating a booking system. Please see the Buckinghamshire Archive webpages for further details.
Our libraries are open. Please check the opening times of your local library before visiting.
Reservations can be placed for items in stock anywhere within Buckinghamshire. We'll email you when reservations are ready for you to collect.
Remember that you can use our eLibrary to borrow books, magazines and newspapers online.
Planning and building control
Our planning and building control officers are now working remotely. This will have some implications for how we operate. Please see our planning services status page for more information.
Schools and learning
Advice for educational settings is available on Buckinghamshire Schoolsweb.
Please see ourschool transport during coronavirus webpage.
Latest on public transport including buses and concessionary passes