‘YMCA needs joint support in face of severe cuts’

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The YMCA needs the joint support of all politicians to find a solution to its funding problems says Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Andrew Pakes.

The YMCA’s budget for its night shelter may not renewed next year as Milton Keynes Council plans to make £22million worth of cuts to its services.

Mr Pakes said: “The YMCA provides a crucial service for the city helping vulnerable and homeless residents to get back on their feet.

“Over the last four years we have seen homelessness rocket in the city as cuts have hit the most vulnerable residents in Milton Keynes and the last Conservative –run council axed funding for the Shelter housing advice service.

“The YMCA have some amazing plans to develop their site which will see provide even greater help to vulnerable and homeless people in the city. But they need the help of all politicians in the city to make those plans happen.”

Leader of the city’s Conservative group Edith Bald is keen to fight against Labour’s budget plans, which she says hits the most vulnerable.

Councillor Bald said: “In addition to the news of CAB and YMCA funding being removed, lunch clubs for the elderly are being stopped as well.

“We always protected services to the vulnerable when in administration and I am appalled that yet again Labour are unable to balance the books responsibly and are hurting those in need.’

“With loneliness being a real problem for the elderly population, lunch clubs really are a vital community service.”