How your Council Tax is spent

Council Tax makes up nearly 80% 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
  • bin collections
  • recycling

How the new 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 £458.9m for 2021 to 2022.

In this year’s budget there is additional investment in both Adults (£9.6m) and Children’s Social Care (£11.4m) budgets to address the continued increase in demand, cost and the complexity in these services areas.

We'll be investing over the next 4 years:

  • £163m on Schools
  • £135m on Strategic Infrastructure and Highway projects, including Princes Risborough and Aylesbury South Western Link Road
  • £130m on Strategic Highway Maintenance, including £62.4m on the Strategic Highway Maintenance programme, £8.3m for Footways, £17.4m for Plane & Patch and £9.5m for Drainage schemes
  • £50m to support Economic Regeneration
  • £20m on Waste, largely linked to the replacement of Waste vehicles
  • £15m on Leisure Centres, primarily linked to the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre