Prize freeze for cost of key council services

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Vulnerable residents using laundry, meals on wheels and community alarm and telecare services in Milton Keynes will be protected from any price rises from April.

Following a review, Councillor Debbie Brock, cabinet member responsible for Adult Social Care, announced the price freeze in the forthcoming budget consultation.

She said: “As an administration we have always sought to protect the most vulnerable people in our community.

“These vital services will be exempt from inflation this year so that they continue to be affordable and offer real value for money.”

The weekly laundry service is used by 186 residents who have a physical disability and by frail older people.

The Community Alarm and Telecare Service provides a social alarm system in the user’s own home and has 6,572 users and deals with more than 20,000 calls each month.

In 2012/13 the Meals on Wheels service was used on average by 151 service users and 40,919 meals were served by contractors Apetito.