Lib Dems highlight work of Milton Keynes Council during Coronavirus pandemic

    The local Liberal Democrats Party have this week highlighted some of the actions that Milton Keynes Council has taken to help residents during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

    In order to provide an additional safety net for people who are clinically vulnerable to the virus, Milton Keynes Council set up the Local Support Service; making regular calls to ensure people are okay and to let them know that they have someone to talk to during these difficult times.

    This service has now reached out to over 5,000 residents and has arranged over 1,500 pharmacy pick-ups.

    The Council have also worked alongside MK Food Bank to set up Food Bank Xtra, providing additional staff and a larger distribution centre to help them cope with the additional demand during the pandemic.

    So far, over 4,000 food parcels have been distributed across the town.

    Over £600,000 of financial assistance and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has also been provided by the Council when needed by social care providers across Milton Keynes.

    Additionally, the Council has distributed over £36 million of government financial aid grants to over 2,700 smaller local businesses, also arranging business rate ‘holidays’ for thousands of firms.

    Speaking of the actions of Milton Keynes Council over the past few months, Ric Brackenbury, Lib Dems ward councillor for Campbell Park and Old Woughton, commented: "The last three months have been like nothing before on the Council."

    "Instead of fighting election campaigns, I've been helping to deliver food parcels, calling vulnerable residents, and delivering recycling sacks."

    He concluded: "We've shown we can work across party lines for the good of MK in a crisis and, at last, we've discovered we can do Council meetings online - one change I hope might endure."

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