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Sixty-three roads have been identified in the first phase of footpath improvements in long neglected Bletchley.

Local councillor Mick Legg said, “I welcome this move which comes after a long period when Bletchley was a low priority for a city council. This is about a fair deal for Bletchley after years of neglect.”

Cllr Legg, who lives on the Castles estate in West Bletchley is keen to ensure that the quality of the new footpaths is high. He believes it good practice to check on the work of contractors.

He added, “I am undertaking a quality survey of all the roads and closes where work has been undertaken in August. I am starting with the Rivers estate that covers paces like Wye Close and Ouzel Close. I want to hear from residents to ensure a good job has been done.”

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Cllr Legg believes that the reason for the work is the priority that Labour led Milton Keynes Council to ensuring all parts of Milton Keynes gets a fair deal based on sorting out the worst footpaths first.

Cllr Legg concluded, “As a Labour led Council we want to see a fair deal for all areas. We are starting with Bletchley because the footpaths have been neglected for too long and are in a poor way. I was delighted to put in place the funding for these footpaths last year in my Cabinet role. I want to ensure that the work is of a high standard. So my rolling survey will ensure residents can tell us if the job is well done.”   

Footpath quality survey

Sixty-three roads have been identified in the first phase of footpath improvements in long neglected Bletchley.

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Milton Keynes Council is under extra pressure as over 100 families have reported to them as homeless in the last two weeks alone.

By Friday 29 July evening there were 470 Milton Keynes households in temporary accommodation. This is up from 349 households on the 18 July (two weeks previously) which is a 35% rise. 180 households are now in Bed and Breakfast accommodation (B&B) compared to 175 two weeks ago, a 3% rise.

Despite the growing housing and homelessness crisis facing Milton Keynes, the Council is pulling out all the stops to minimise the number of families who end up in Bed and Breakfast. Despite the soaring demand, the Council remains committed to reducing the number by 75% by March 2018. This target was set out in the Council Plan recently approved by the whole Council.

Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet lead on Housing said, “We are providing more temporary accommodation, mostly through our effective partnership working. We are securing a range of such accommodation, some of which will be supported by a specialist care and support partner. But without more investment we will not resolve the cities problems.

It costs the Council a lot of money for every household that they have to place in temporary accommodation. At a time of stretched budgets this extra cost takes money away from other priorities. The housing and homelessness crisis has its roots in failed Government policies including austerity and controls that stop us investing.

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Cllr Long concluded, “We are working really hard to respond to the growing housing and homelessness crisis facing Milton Keynes. We aim to provide alternative temporary accommodation to Bed and Breakfast, but in the longer term we need to deliver more long term affordable housing.

Pressure on Council as homeless numbers soar again.

Milton Keynes Council is under extra pressure as over 100 families have reported to them as homeless in the last two weeks alone.

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Labour Councillors say future decisions about the location and number of Doctor’s surgeries in Milton Keynes and their nature should rest 100% with local health and social care commissioners and the residents of Milton Keynes

Currently, the key player in the decisions on General Practitioner (GP) Provision is NHS England.  It liaises with Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group but it controls the funding and has de facto control over local provision of GPs.

A study of GP provision published June 2016 highlighted the huge pressure upon GP services and need for better forward planning of GP provision. There is evidence that the CCG and NHS England are not able to move swiftly enough to meet local population demands as the new city grows. Cllr Peter Marland, Council Leader and Chair the MK Health and Wellbeing Board said,

“We need to improve the planning for future GP provision as the new city grows. I want to see NHS England (a regional body) pass its role plus funding to the local CCG who work closely with Milton Keynes Council. We have to plan ahead and meet local demands both quickly and in an open way. Time delays are no longer acceptable.”

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The need for local control and planning over GP provision is also closely linked to developing future integration of health with social care services.

Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care added, “We want future GP practices to be hubs of health and social care services working together on the same site. We already have health visitors based in local GP practices, in the longer term home care services and other social care staff should be based alongside GP practices. This requires effective forward planning. This is why we want to NHS roles and resources devolved to Milton Keynes. Remote regional bodies like NHS England always struggle to respond to local needs. Our approach would bring their roles and resources to local decision makers and commissioners.”

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Cllr Nigel Long

Cllr Marland concluded, “We are going to start a conversation with Government and NHS England about devolving their role and resources to local people who live in Milton Keynes. This reflects the Labour led Councils commitment to improving GP access and enhancing integrated health and social care services.”  

GP provision, roles and resources should be local decision.

Labour Councillors say future decisions about the location and number of Doctor’s surgeries in Milton Keynes and their nature should rest 100% with local health and social care commissioners and...

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