Milton Keynes Council is set to carry out a review to change the way libraries, services for young people and children’s centres are delivered.
The aim of the review, the council says, is to create “more sustainable services that can continue to be used by the public wherever possible in light of the unprecedented pressures on the council’s budget”.
But the main purpose of the review is to save £2.75 million by April 2016.
But critics of the review, including the Conservative party, say the review could signal ‘potential closures’ of children’s centres and libraries, although the Council maintained ‘no decisions have been made’.
The review is set to explore bringing together children’s centre services as ‘hubs’, which the council says would have “outreach to better meet the needs of families where they live”.
Other potential avenues include transfer assets such as buildings to community groups or parishes – such as those at the Frank Moran Centre in Bletchley and Bancroft Meeting Place that have already taken place.
It will also explore community involvement such as joining with other groups and partners to “pool, co-locate or co-produce resources”.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Pete Marland, said: “As council funding reduces we fundamentally have to rethink how services in the community are being delivered. Milton Keynes Council will need to do less, and we need to help communities to do more by working together.
“As a cooperative council we have an opportunity to work with local people to reshape services for the benefit of those who use them.
“This is not about closing services; we know how important they are. However the review may identify areas that are no longer sustainable.
“In other areas we may need to remodel the way we do things. A cooperative council gives the community the power to decide what is most important to them, and we hope that local residents, groups and organisations will join us in thinking differently to achieve this together.”
Conservative group leader Cllr Edith Bald called the proposals ‘an utter disgrace’, adding: “It will leave our citizens without much needed facilities.”