Milton Keynes Council’s budget: All you need to know ahead of tonight’s cabinet meeting

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This year’s budget is “the most difficult in the history of Milton Keynes Council”, according to the authority.

From today you can voice your views on the draft budget, which proposes a significant change to how public services are run in future.

Libraries, children’s centres, parking and bus services are geared up to take a hit as the council strives to save £22million next year - and a total of £70million by 2020.

Councillors have admitted “many valued and well-loved services” will not be able to continue in their current form and decisions on how to cut cots “will not be easy”.

Tonight cabinet members will gather to discuss the proposed budget in the council chamber ahead of the end of the public consultation on January 31.

On February 9, the cabinet will meet again to hear feedback from the public and interested parties before a full council meeting on February 18 to agree the final budget and council tax for 2015/16.

> The key proposals include:

Savings of £4.1million over four years from Council support services through efficiencies and creating income from other public bodies.

Savings of £2.3million over four years through streamlining processes reducing duplication and changing the way customers access services.

A review of the way library services, children’s centres and youth provision are delivered through the Community and Cultural Services Review.

Responding to a request from local stakeholders to invest in better and more parking facilities, requiring parking charges to be raised.

Some revisions to bus subsidies and concessionary fares to be delivered with bus operators with the aim of saving £1.7million while minimising the impact on bus users wherever possible.

Investing £1.3million to support people with learning disabilities and £1.4million for older people and people with physical disabilities.

Investing £1.5million in protecting vulnerable children

Continuing to invest £50million in improving the borough’s transport network.

Plans to build 100 council homes to help residents that need a roof over their heads.

Building eight new schools over the next five years and expanding many others, to ensure all children can access a school place.

Building a residual waste treatment facility, to reduce the costs of disposing of waste and to reduce our environmental impact.

As part of the consultation council leader Pete Marland will be visiting several locations around the borough in December and January 2015 and is keen to listen and hear your views.

> Voice your views:

Email: letstalkbudgetmk@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

Write to: Let’s Talk Budget MK. FREEPOST ANG7122, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes,MK9 3EJ