Borough of Milton Keynes

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Borough of Milton Keynes
By knowledge, design and understanding
Milton Keynes shown within Buckinghamshire and England
Milton Keynes shown within Buckinghamshire and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Ceremonial countyBuckinghamshire
Admin HQMilton Keynes
Founded1 April 1997
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • Governing bodyMilton Keynes Council
 • Mayor (ceremonial)Martin Petchey[1]
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Labour Minority
 • MPsIain Stewart (C) (Milton Keynes South)
Mark Lancaster (C) (Milton Keynes North)
 • Total119 sq mi (309 km2)
 (2011 Census)
 • Total248,821[2]
 • Estimate 
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Area code(s)01908
ONS code00MG

The Borough of Milton Keynes is a unitary authority area and borough of the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire. It is the northernmost district of the South East England Region. It was originally one of five non-metropolitan districts of Buckinghamshire, but on 1 April 1997, under a recommendation of the Local Government Commission for England, it became a self-governing unitary authority, independent from Buckinghamshire County Council.

The Borough borders the non-metropolitan counties of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire (that part of the county under the control of Buckinghamshire County Council). The principal settlement in the borough is Milton Keynes itself, which accounts for about 29% of its area and 90% of its population.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of Bletchley Urban District, Newport Pagnell Urban District and Wolverton Urban District, together with Newport Pagnell Rural District and that part of Wing Rural District within the designated New Town area. The district council applied for and received borough status that year.

Local government[edit]

Arising from the local government elections of May 2016, Milton Keynes council is under no overall control; the Labour Party and Conservative Party both hold 22 seats each with the Liberal Democrats holding 13 seats. The UK Independence party lost their only seat on the council to date in the 2016 local elections. Continuing as of May 2015, the Borough is governed by a Labour minority administration The Conservative Party is currently the main opposition group.

Following the 2016 United Kingdom local elections the political composition for the council is as follows.

Conservatives Labour Liberal Democrats Other Parties
22 22 13 0

The 2016 local election did not change the status of the Council from 'no overall control'. No political party has had an 'overall majority' on the council since 2006.


According to data from the Office of National Statistics for 2015 and 2016,[4] the Borough is the sixth highest performing NUTS3 region in the UK (and the highest outside inner London), on the basis of gross value added per head.[5][6]


Further education in the borough is provided by Milton Keynes College. For higher education, the Open University's headquarters are in Milton Keynes – though, as this is a distance education institution, the only students resident on campus are approximately 200 full-time postgraduates. The University Campus Milton Keynes, part of the university of Bedfordshire, provides conventional undergraduate courses.


Population trend of Borough and Urban Area 1801–2011

The ONS estimate of the population of the Borough in 2015 was 261,750[3] By 2026, the population of the borough is projected to be 308,500.[3]

In the 2011 census, 80% of the population described their ethnic origin as white (nationally 85.5%), 5.6% as South Asian (5.5%), 6.8% as black (3.4%), 3.3% as mixed race (2.2%), 3.6% as Chinese and other Asian (2.2%), and 0.6% as 'other ethnic group (1.0%).[7]

In the same census, 52.8% of the Borough's population registered their religion as Christianity and 37.9% as not religious or none given, compared to 59.4% and 31.9% nationally. 4.8% of the population follow Islam (5% nationally) and a little over 2.8% are Hindu (1.5%), with no other religion above one percent.[7]

The borough's population age profile is slightly younger than England's average, with half of the borough's population aged under 35 years old.[7] Nationally, half of the population is aged less than 39.[7] The 30- to 39-year-olds in Milton Keynes Borough formed as the largest 10-year age group of the population with 30- to 34-year-olds being the largest 5-year age group.[7] The Borough has a larger proportion of the population in the younger age groups; 22.3% are aged under 16 compared with 18.9% in England.[7] Meanwhile, just 11.1% of the Milton Keynes population are aged over 65 compared with 16.3% in England.[7]

Levels of educational attainment in the Borough are slightly higher than the England average. 18% have no qualifications compared with 22.5% in England, while 28.2% have a degree or higher qualification compared with 27.4% in England.[7]

Housing and home ownership[edit]

In 2011, Milton Keynes had the greatest proportion of shared ownership homes in England, 6.1%, compared with second-placed London Boroughs of Hounslow and Tower Hamlets with 2.4%. This form of home ownership has been a planning policy of the Borough of Milton Keynes soon after the settled acceptance of all major UK lenders on specified forms of this type of property ownership was agreed in the 2000s decade.

The borough has relatively high home ownership at 72.8% of dwellings with the remaining 16.2% of homes are privately rented and 11.0% are socially rented.[8]

At the 2012, 16.2% of the population lived in flats (apartments), compared with the 22.1% average for England.[7]


Milton Keynes (urban area)[edit]

The urban area accounts for about 20% of the Borough by area and 90% by population. This is a partial list of the districts of Milton Keynes itself. For a discussion of the usage of the term "city" in Milton Keynes, see History of Milton Keynes#1960s Plans for a new city in North Buckinghamshire, 1967 designation of Milton Keynes.

The Borough of Milton Keynes is fully parished. These are the parishes, and the districts they contain, that are now elements of Milton Keynes as a whole.

Rest of the borough[edit]

The rural area accounts for about 80% of the Borough by area and about 10% by population. Olney is a town. These are the extra-urban civil parishes:


  1. ^ The Mayor of Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes Council)
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Milton Keynes Local Authority (1946157283)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Population Statistics Milton Keynes Council, 2017 (source = ONS)
  4. ^ As of March 2018, the most recent data available.
  5. ^ Statistical bulletin:Regional gross value added (income approach), UK: 1997 to 2015, Table 4 Office of National Statistics, 15 December 2016
  6. ^ Statistical bulletin: Regional gross value added (balanced), UK: 1998 to 2016 (PDF) Office of National Statistics, 20 December 2017, page 13
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Office for National Statistics and Borough of Milton Keynes, 2011. "Milton Keynes 2011 Census Profile (PDF).
  8. ^ 2011 Census Key Statistics: Tenure. Office for National Statistics

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Coordinates: 52°02′N 0°46′W / 52.033°N 0.767°W / 52.033; -0.767