Local government can appear to be very complex. This section explains how local government works in England and, in broad terms, which authority is responsible for the provision of the various services we receive.
In the United Kingdom, government is multi layered. Central government is concerned with high level issues such as the overall management of law and policing, defence and foreign policy and balancing the books through the exchequer. Central government also determines strategy and establishes guidelines for the provision of an enormous range of public services that are then delegated to local authorities.
At the other end of the scale, locally in Stokenchurch, the provision of public services is split, in the main, between Buckinghamshire County Council, Wycombe District Council and Stokenchurch Parish Council. The following gives a broad outline of how these responsibilities are divided:
Bucks County Council are responsible for, amongst other things:
Stokenchurch has two county councillors who stand for election every four years. The present county councillors are: CARL ETHOLEN who represents the main village of Stokenchurch and DARREN HAYDAY who represents the outer hamlets of Studley Green, Horsleys Green, Beacons Bottom and Water End.
Amongst Wycombe District Council's responsibilities are:
Stokenchurch (and Radnage) have two district councillors who stand for election every four years. The present district councillors are John Gibbs and Michelle Neudecker - see the councillors section of this website
Stokenchurch Parish Council is responsible for:
Parish councils are consulted about planning applications, and routinely make comments, but have no responsibility for the decisions made. Generally planning approval lies with Wycombe District Council although on occasions the authority may rest with Bucks County Council. There are various levels of appeal if permission is not granted.
The funding for matters that fall under the parish council's area of responsibility is met through a precept. The amount of money that the council decide is needed is budgeted annually and is included in the council tax demand sent out in March each year. The amount precepted by the parish council is shown as a separate item. (Amounts budgeted by the County and District Councils and for other service providers such as the police and the fire and rescue service are also set out in the annual council tax demand.)