Children’s centres ‘undermined’ by ministers – claim

Alka Dass is helping lead a campaign to save Buckinghamshire’s children’s centres [Image: BBC]

A new analysis by a children’s charity accuses ministers of undermining England’s network of children’s centres and making them vulnerable to cuts and closures by cash-strapped local authorities.

Alka Dass, from High Wycombe, describes her local children’s centre as “a lifeline”.

She says professional staff there helped bring her back from postnatal depression and grief after a family bereavement.

But the centre, along with 35 others in Buckinghamshire, faces closure under a council plan to replace them with nine “community hubs” and save £3m a year.

Source: Children’s centres ‘being undermined’

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2 thoughts on “Children’s centres ‘undermined’ by ministers – claim

  1. iamcrawford

    Cuts to children’s centre are not only callous but stupid. In the short term they increase costs by causing more children to be taken into care almost immediately – The costs of only one or two children taken into care per child centre closed will be much larger than any “savings” made in closing them. ( 7-8 children costs approx £1,000,000 pa ) .Then there is the long-term impact on crime and social discontent 15 or so years in the future.

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