Council budget cuts have “stolen Christmas”: Plans slammed by councillor

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Budget cuts have “stolen Christmas for the city’s disadvantaged”, according to a councillor.

Lib Dem Chris Williams believes council proposals for next year’s spending will be detrimental to the disadvantaged.

He said: “Labour is the group that stole Christmas.

“They have stolen it for individuals and organisations that help people who need it most. It is just wrong.

“Our group’s view is that we must oppose this budget because it is detrimental to so many of the disadvantaged people in Milton Keynes.

“Their proposals are to help the rich at the expense of the poor.”

But Council Leader Pete Marland says he would recommend everyone watch the video as it helps explain the challenges the city faces over the next few years.

He said: “This year we are doing things differently, for example we are doing roadshows across the borough for the first time and we are using YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to listen to what our citizens have to say.

“The video we are using is part of a consultation and helps explain our 2020 Budget Challenge to our citizens. Feedback has been very positive.

“The video is being used at all our roadshows, four internal roadshows, as well as in partner meetings.”

He added that the council has already nearly had more comments on the budget in a few weeks than many previous years combined, but reiterated it is a draft budget.

No final decision on any issue will be taken until Full Council in February 2015.

Watch the video here.