Milton Keynes Council
|Milton Keynes Council|
|Third of council elected three years out of four|
Coat of arms
|Type||Unitary authority council of the Borough of Milton Keynes|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Milton Keynes Council is the local authority of the Borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. The council appoints members to Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel. Milton Keynes is divided into 26 wards, electing 51 councillors. The council was created by the Local Government Act 1972. Since 1974 Milton Keynes has held borough status which entitles the council to be known as Milton Keynes Borough Council, although it has not used this name since becoming a unitary authority.
The council was formed by the Local Government Act 1972 as the Milton Keynes District Council. The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the District of Milton Keynes on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Milton Keynes Borough Council and to annually appoint a Mayor of Milton Keynes.
It was envisaged through the Local Government Act 1972 that Milton Keynes as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Buckinghamshire County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1997 when the district council gained responsibility for services that had been provided within Milton Keynes by the county council. Since gaining county council functions the council has gone by the name Milton Keynes Council.
Powers and functions
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Milton Keynes is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Milton Keynes Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.
Milton Keynes Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of parish councils, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner and the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority.
Since 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||2000–2002|
|No overall control||2006–present|