Thursday, 14 December 2017

Children's centres deadline

RESIDENTS have until Sunday to have their say on plans to shake up children’s centres in Oxfordshire.

RESIDENTS have until Sunday to have their say on plans to shake up children’s centres in Oxfordshire.

Three centres in the Henley area could be axed under the cost-cutting measures by Oxfordshire County Council.

The authority currently runs 44 centres and seven early intervention hubs but wants to replace these with eight children’s and family centres in order to save £8million.

This means the children’s centres at the d:two centre in Market Place, Henley, Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common and Chalgrove and Watlington are under threat.

This proposal is one of three options being considered by the council and its “preferred” choice.



The council insists it will still have a presence in all communities but under its favoured model the closest centre would be in Didcot.

The proposals are in response to large cuts to local council funding and “stark financial challenges”. Last month, the council announced it would have to make another £20million in savings over the next four years on top of more than £50million already planned following a “bleak” funding settlement from the Government.

Children’s centres offer activities for under-fives and information and support for parents. Early intervention hubs, introduced in 2011, are designed to bring together services supporting children and families.

In the second option there would be eight centres but the council would continue to provide or commission limited universal services.

Under the third option there would be six centres.

To have your say, visit https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/eiservicesreview



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