The Conservative administration on Suffolk County Council has announced plans to close nine Children’s Centres across Suffolk, despite repeated promises they would not do so.
A report into the future of Children’s Centres has finally been released ahead of the County Council meeting to be held on the 17th July. It reveals that the Roman Hill Children's Centre in Lowestoft is to be closed.
Prime Minister David Cameron, and local Conservative MPs and Councillors, pledged repeatedly before and since the 2010 General election that all 48 Children’s Centres in our county were ‘safe’.
Labour councillors across Suffolk have been warning about the closure of Children’s Centres, a warning that has sadly come true.
And concerns are growing that these closures could just be the start. Further cuts are likely in the autumn following a ‘review of staffing’ in Children’s Centres, also announced in the report.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney, Bob Blizzard said;
"Children's Centres are so successful in building stronger families and helping parents to give kids the best start in life."At the last election we warned that Children's Centres would not be safe in Tory hands. Cameron promised they would not be closed, but now that promise has been broken, showing that he can't be trusted."
Labour Leader on Waveney District Council, Sonia Barker said;
“Children’s Centres are there to give our children the best possible start in life. The Conservatives say they are concerned about the problems families face – closing Children’s Centres is a funny way of showing it
“Children’s Centres save money in the long run by ensuring families have access to a whole range of health, education and other services under one roof. It is more effective and less expensive to provide family support services at Children’s Centres so that possible long term problems can be nipped in the bud. It’s really important that parents have a local centre where they feel welcome”.