Council leader joins 100 others to fight against government cuts

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An open letter calling on the government to put an end to funding cuts has been signed by more than 100 council leaders - including Milton Keynes Council’s Pete Marland.

In the letter sent to The Observer yesterday, leaders pleaded for an end to cuts which have seen libraries, leisure centres and road maintenance “buckle under the strain”.

It follows the announcement that MK Councill will have to save £70million by 2020 - meaning closures and price rises are on the horizon.

The letter stated: “After a 40% reduction in funding during this parliament, our efficiency savings are coming to an end.

“Further reductions without radical reform will have a detrimental impact on people’s quality of life and will lead to vital services being scaled back or lost altogether.

“When the chancellor delivers his autumn statement this Wednesday, “more of the same” cannot be an option.”

The letter has 121 signatures in total including 65 Labour council leaders, 40 Conservative leaders, 10 Liberal Democrat leaders and one independent.