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  • cladding building trapped
    Article: Nov 1, 2021

    The Progressive Alliance on Milton Keynes Council has hit back at the Government's recycled pledge to allocate £5bn to remove unsafe cladding across the country - despite independent estimates saying it could cost at least £15bn.

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak re-announced the funding last Wednesday, which will come from a 4% tax put on the top 30 property developers.

  • Dentist
    Article: Oct 28, 2021

    The Progressive Alliance believes that 'not enough' is being done for families that are struggling to access NHS dentists, leaving them to suffer in silence or face whopping bills for private care.

    Ward councillors have been contacted by frustrated residents who are unable to register themselves and their children with NHS dentists but cannot afford the costs of private treatment.

  • delivering help for young care leavers in Milton Keynes
    Article: Oct 27, 2021
    By Richard Greenwood

    MK Council has announced a £70,000 package to help young care leavers find their new home, which is built on a Liberal Democrat council motion in early 2021, and supported by a Lib Dem amendment to the MK Council budget for 2021-2022.

    In January the Liberal Democrat council group put a motion to Milton Keynes council calling for more help for young people leaving care. The call for support was both financial with support for deposits and moving costs, but also for extra education and advice to make sure the young people are able to understand the important decisions they will be making, and can manage finances including bills.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2021

    Great progress has been made in tackling child poverty in the city following the Milton Keynes Child Poverty Commission suggesting a way forward, a recent report finds.

    Last year, the Commission found almost 23,000 children were living in poverty in Milton Keynes. The Commission challenged local people, organisations and services to tackle child poverty with some initiative projects.

  • £9.8m hit for small Milton Keynes businesses following more Tory broken promises
    Article: Oct 25, 2021

    Small and medium-sized businesses, from tech start-ups to hairdressers and cafes, in Milton Keynes will pay an extra £9.8 million a year due to the rise in national insurance, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has found.

    Boris Johnson broke his 2019 manifesto promise by raising employer National Insurance Contributions by 1.25%, impacting small businesses in Milton Keynes and across the country. House of Commons Library research has detailed the impact of the tax rises, and it is estimated that the average micro-business employing up to nine people will pay more than £1,000 extra a year as a result of the tax hike.