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Coronavirus serving us a Double Whammy

November 16, 2020 5:46 PM
By Walid Marzouk

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Council elections in May 21 must take place to immediately save £2.5 million and let the voters have their say

As if it's not enough that the virus has caused so much suffering and economic cost, it also led to the cancellation of the local elections in May 2019. This means that all District & County Councillors in Bucks became Unitary councillors, and we now have 202 councillors, costing an eye-watering £3,200,000 per annum.

As long as we can have the elections in May 2021, this will at least bring the number down to the 147 councillors that the Conservatives insisted on for the new council.

But 147 is still far too many, and Liberal Democrats will be pressing to reduce the number again as soon as possible. That will free up more money to spend on care for the elderly, roads and community projects.

So we need to do everything we can to make sure that the elections do take place next May. We must not let the virus scupper them again. It is my opinion that council leaders, political parties and government should start working now to put plans in place so that the elections can be held safely.

Walid Marzouk, Chairman, Chiltern Liberal Democrats