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MP CALLS FOR MILTON KEYNES CUT TO HELP BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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Aylesbury Conservative MP David Lidington is calling for Milton Keynes BC's budget to be reduced to provide more mo...
Aylesbury Conservative MP David Lidington is calling for Milton Keynes BC's budget to be reduced to provide more money for the rest of Buckinghamshire, reports BBC Three Counties.

Mr Lidington says because the borough is to become a unitary authority in April it is being allowed to spend more than its fair share. He is raising the issue in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons today.

He said: 'I think that Buckinghamshire should get a greater share of what is available to the whole county at the moment.

'If you look at the capping levels set for each authority for the forthcoming financial year, if Buckinghamshire were to spend right up to its capping limit it would mean a very high council tax increase of 13% or more.

'If Milton Keynes spent up to its capping limit it would still be able to cut council tax.

'I think that's a very poor reward for the efficient way in which Buckinghamshire CC has delivered good value for money in providing services'.

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