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MK_Council_Logo.jpgMilton Keynes Labour led Council is consulting on increasing the Council Tax by an extra 3% per year for the next two years. (1)

Milton Keynes Council, faces severe budget problems as it tries to protect services for older people and the disabled from Government under funding and has very limited ways of addressing these challenges. It faces extra costs of £20 million over the next two years. The Council plans to find the ‘Missing millions’ by generating £5 million of extra income, plus making budget cuts of £3 million. This will still leave it having to find £12 million to meet the needs of the most vulnerable residents of Milton Keynes. If the Council Tax then raises Council Tax by 3% a year just for adult social Care then the challenge still remains to find £6 million to fund the service.

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Cllr Pete Marland said, “As a result of Government under funding coupled to growing demand we face, like other Councils, a £6 million hole in our social care budget even after putting the Council Tax up by 3% per year just for Adult Social Care.”

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Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Housing added, “There is growing demand from an ageing population and growing numbers of disabled people with complex needs. Whilst I support the 3% rise in Council Tax, it does not provide a long term solution. We need fair funding We need a Government to find the missing millions. If they can find big tax cuts for the rich and big business surely they can fund the care needs of older and disabled people?”

The Council will consult residents on the 3% extra for social care and is looking to spend the money on key areas of pressure such as dementia services, helping people return home from hospital and more investment in helping people stay safe and independent in their own homes.

Cllr Pete Marland concluded, “I plan consult widely on the proposed 3% rise in Council Tax. I will listen to residents as the Government is asking them to fund the extra spending. However, I want Government to come clean on care funding and provide a long term solution. We aim to protect older and disabled residents. It’s a pity the Government is only playing politics with their lives.”

(1) The above plan would mean be a Council Tax increase of 4.95% for the next two years.

Council consults on extra 3% rise in Council Tax for Adult Social Care to help find the ‘Missing Millions’

Milton Keynes Labour led Council is consulting on increasing the Council Tax by an extra 3% per year for the next two years. (1)

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Milton Keynes Council has relaunched its Enhanced Private Sector Leasing Scheme (EPSL) to encourage private landlords to work with the Council rather than let their properties to other Councils who are shipping their homeless families to Milton Keynes.

Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Nigel Long said “Last Friday (13th January) we had 619 homeless households in Temporary accommodation.  Many of these are in properties outside of Milton Keynes. We want to bring them home to Milton Keynes, but we need local good quality landlords to work with the Council.”

The Council has relaunched its attractive EPSL scheme. This offers a range of benefits to good private landlords in return for them leasing their property to the Council.  The main benefits are:

  • A guaranteed rent every month (10% above Local Housing Allowance level)
  • A full management service
  • No service or administrative charges
  • Repairs completed.
  • Gas safety checks carried out each year.

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Cllr Nigel Long concluded, “We want good quality private landlords to work with the Council so that their properties can be used to house local families with children in  Milton Keynes. Whilst this is not a solution to the housing crisis the city faces, it is a further step in trying to keep homeless families closer to the communities they come from and closer to the schools their children go to.” 

Notes: Details are available on:

  • Or call 01908 252937 (Option 2)

Wanted: Good Quality Private Landlords.

Milton Keynes Council has relaunched its Enhanced Private Sector Leasing Scheme (EPSL) to encourage private landlords to work with the Council rather than let their properties to other Councils who...

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There has been an on-going rat problem around Durrans Court and adjacent Church Street, Fenny Stratford  for some time. Local councillor Mohammed Khan arranged for Milton Keynes Council to take a range of actions, including cutting back bushes and using rat catching measures.

But key to a long term solution was to deal with local problems of rubbish storage.  The Council following a lot of pressures from local councillors has now put in place 3 special ‘euro’  rubbish bins.

Cllr Khan said, “Cleaning up the refuse areas and getting the new bins in is crucial to on-going work to tackle the rats. Residents also need to use the three  new secure bins. I will keep an eye on the problem and help ensure the bins are properly used and the area properly cleaned.”   

 

New Bins are key to resolving rat problem

There has been an on-going rat problem around Durrans Court and adjacent Church Street, Fenny Stratford  for some time. Local councillor Mohammed Khan arranged for Milton Keynes Council to take...

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