Labour-led Milton Keynes Council will hike up Council tax by the maximum possible for the fifth year in a row to cover costs for reckless spending, hitting hard working residents once again.
Labour, which runs MK Council backed by the Lib Dems have published their Budget for the coming year. The average hard working family will see their Council Tax rise by 2.99% which means families will be a staggering £300 worse off this year compared to 2014 when Labour took control of the Council. And all the while millions of pounds have been wasted and cash has pilled up in the Council's savings account.
Thanks to hard working residents of MK our economy continues to grow bringing in more money for services. Additional targeted in year Government funding has also helped, such as £360k for a rough sleeping initiative and £900k for Adult Social Care support during the winter months.
But the Conservative Opposition are fuming that tax payers are having to pick up for the "reckless mistakes" that has seen the Council lose tens of millions of pounds.
• £10.8 million spent on a Council Office refurbishment that is more than £5million over budget;
• almost £1 million of damages handed out to a company after an asbestos contract blunder;
• £8 million wasted on interest rates after borrowing 3 years too early on the waste treatment facility;
• and they may have lost £15 million after failing to properly manage their repairs and maintenance contract;
Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Alex Walker said:
"Yet again hard working residents of Milton Keynes will have to pick up the tab of this Labour Council's wasteful spending.
"Sadly it is becoming the norm for projects to be over budget and delayed. They have installed a culture of waste, and as a result we find ourselves having to find millions of pounds to fill the gap.
"Tax payers and businesses are keeping the Council going and in fact we are much better off compared to our neighbours because of the success of our economy. If Labour hadn't wasted so much we could be looking at serious investments in our landscaping, roads and tackling homelessness.
"They were punished at the local elections in May for their reckless attitude to our money, I am determined to make sure they are punished again."
In addition to the millions Conservative say have been wasted, they remain concerned as to why the Council is hoarding more than £165 million in their savings account.