Council Tax system upgrade

We have completed the Council Tax system upgrade but there may still be some delays whilst we process our backlog of requests. Find out about the upgrade and what may have changed for you.

How your Council Tax is spent

Council Tax makes up 82% of our external income. We no longer receive any general funding from central government.

Our costs continue to rise due to inflation and we have an increasing demand for services to protect, support and care for our vulnerable adults and children. We're more dependent than ever on the income we receive from Council Tax to deliver the services our residents rely on each day.

Your Council Tax helps pay for vital local services, including:

  • housing
  • caring for people in need
  • roads and transport
  • libraries
  • protecting our environment
  • some waste services (excluding bulky, garden and commercial waste)
  • recycling

How the council is funded

Council Tax



Business rates



New Homes Bonus



Other grants



Who spends your Council Tax

When you pay your Council Tax, this money is shared with other local service providers.

Buckinghamshire Council has a total budget of £461.4m for 2022/23.

In this year’s budget there is additional investment in both Adults (£11.8m) and Children’s Social Care (£3.4m) budgets. This is to address the continued increase in demand, cost and the complexity in these services areas.

We'll be investing over the next 4 years:

  • £136m on schools
  • £121m on strategic infrastructure and highway projects including Aylesbury Eastern Link Road, Princes Risborough Relief Road and South East Aylesbury Link Road
  • £118m on strategic highway maintenance, including £61.6m on the Strategic Highway Maintenance programme, £8.5m for footways, £17.7m for plane & patch. £8.4m for street lighting and £8m for drainage schemes
  • £37.9m to support economic regeneration
  • £32.8m on climate change and environment, including £12.1m on waste vehicles, £12.7m on household waste and recycling centres and £7.9m on flood management and air quality