Last chance to have your say on MK Council’s budget

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THE deadline day for comments on the council’s budget proposals is fast approaching.

The plans were appoved by Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet in November and were put forward for public consultation at that stage.

This consultation runs until February 11.

Continued reductions in Government funding and rising demand for services means the council must focus on doing things more efficiently and finding new ways of delivering services with less money in its 2013/14 budget.

Details of the budget consultation can be found on the council’s website.

After the consultation period is completed, final budget recommendations will be received by Cabinet on February 13 and decisions made by full council on February 20.

Leader of Milton Keynes Council, Councillor Andrew Geary, said: “We have a track record of delivering value for money benefitting all tax payers. We have also protected frontline services and our most vulnerable people, and we will continue to do this.

“There will be difficult decisions to make, but we will make these in consultation with people and agencies in order to best act on their concerns and priorities.

“I want to assure people we take budget setting very seriously, because we are making decisions which affect peoples’ lives and spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money to do thiIn 2013/14 we will be making £16.7m savings out of a budget of around £194m.

“Over the next four years, taking into account efficiencies which are already in train, we are faced with finding an additional £31m of savings. This is tough but do-able.

“To help ensure minimum impact on vital services, The 2013/14 draft budget includes a proposal to increase council tax by 1.95 per cent in 2013/14, an increase for the first time in three years. This will add around £21 per year for a band D property but raise £1.6m. Milton Keynes will still have one of the lowest council tax rates even after this increase.”