A service which has saved Milton Keynes Council on average £2.5 million per year is set to be drastically reduced due to funding cuts.
Community Action:MK, a charity which co-ordinates voluntary events around Milton Keynes, currently provides community mobilisers to eight areas in the city – to support people and organisations and develop local groups.
But from September, areas such as Fishermead, Netherfield and Stantonbury will no longer benefit from the service.
A report by Bruce Fenning, an expert in social return on investment, in June estimated that the community mobiliser service brings a return of £8.15 for every £1 of investment.
Robbie Macpherson, chief operating officer for Community Action:MK, understands that cuts need to be made, but believes the decision will prove costly.
He said: “It is a large amount of money we are losing and it will have a huge impact on the work we do. We offer a sort of preventative service before further council services are needed.
“They do have make cuts somewhere, but I think in the longer term, they are going to have more demand on the council’s services as a result.”
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