Budget roadshow: Council leader meets the public face to face

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MK Council will host its first budget roadshow today in an attempt to gauge opinion on imminent cuts to public services.

Last month Labour councillors revealed how they plan to slash £22million off their budget from April.

They suggest increasing council tax to 3.95 per cent, which includes a new 2 per cent tax to be spent on adult social care.

They also want to axe wardens from sheltered housing, which prompted this newspaper to launch a campaign to save the vital service.

Council leader Pete Marland believes his budget protects libraries and children’s centres, has measures to build new council houses and tackles homelessness.

The issues will be discussed in detail with roadshow visitors this afternoon.

Last year the council was criticised for holding budget roadshows during working hours.

This time round, however, there are just two of six roadshows during January being held in the afternoon.

Feedback from the public will be received by cabinet on February 8. It will then be decided by a full council on February 17.

Today’s roadshow starts at 2pm at Oxley Park Community Centre.

> If you can’t make it today, the following roadshows are being held:

6pm on 7 Jan - West Bletchley Council Offices

6pm on 12 Jan - The Olney Centre

2pm on 13 Jan - Stantonbury Leisure Centre

6pm on 14 Jan - Monkston Park Community Centre

6pm on 19 Jan - Christ the Cornerstone Church