Almost £5 million of extra funding for Milton Keynes Council has been welcomed by the local Conservative MPs and Council Group Leader.
This new money means the Council has received £27.23m in support from the Government since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure it can keep vital services running and cover extra costs. In total Milton Keynes will have benefited from more than £140m in specific support.
The £4,969,536 funding has not been ring-fenced, meaning local leaders will be able to determine how to spend the additional funding in order to best protect public health, local vulnerable people and the running of vital services.
Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, commented: “The Government has supported Milton Keynes with unprecedented levels of funding to help us get through these tough times and this new funding is extremely welcome.
“I regularly speak to different Government departments about the levels of support needed in MK and will continue to do so. This funding will allow the Council to focus on issues to specific to our town and the wonderful people who live here.”
Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, said: “The £5m of unringfenced funding from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government for Milton Keynes Council is welcomed by me and will go a long way to ensure the residents are protected and can access local services.
"This Government is continuing to put their arms around the people of Milton Keynes and making sure that we can weather these difficult times.
" I will continue to lobby my ministerial colleagues to ensure MK gets its fair share of funding whilst we fight the outbreak of coronavirus."
Alex Walker, the Conservative Group Leader on MK Council, commented: “It is welcome news that Milton Keynes is set to receive further government funding on top of the £140 million that we have already received to support jobs, the community and infection control.
“We need the government to continue to match their promise of doing whatever it takes to help local authorities and this is a great step towards delivering on their promise.”
© MKFM News 2020