Baby boom puts pressure on vital services, claims council

Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes Council

A ‘baby boom’ in Milton Keynes has put pressure on the council’s ability to deliver some services, it has been revealed.

As the council announces plans to chop £58million from its budget by 2020, chiefs say MK beats the national average when it comes to a growing - and ageing - population.

By 2026 almost 25 per cent of MK will be aged over 60 years old.

The council claims that an increased demand on services - as well as reduced funding from government - has had an impact on schools, social care, child protection, and support for people with disabilities.

Between 2010 and 2015, the increase in school population across England was four percent, but here in Milton Keynes there was a rise of 14 per cent.

The number of children in care has also increased from 271 in 2010 to 367 in 2015, with learning disability clients expected to rise by 880 in 15 years.

On top of this the number of homeless applications has more than doubled during 2014.

Despite this, council leader Pete Marland believes he can achieve the cuts by creating a “sustainable, better and different” way of running the council.

However, he admits it will be a huge challenge.

He said: “We want to make sure Milton Keynes remains a great place to live, work and visit, but inevitably some ‘nice to do’ services will need to stop, and we will be employing fewer people, whilst at the same time looking how to generate income to help support vital services.”