Last-minute bid launched to save children's centres - The Leamington Observer

Last-minute bid launched to save children's centres

A BID has been launched to pump an extra £1.5milion into Warwickshire’s under-threat children’s centres.

An ‘extraordinary’ meeting will be held on Wednesday (November 29) to discuss plans to use cash from Warwickshire County Council reserves. It has been proposed by Labour councillor Richard Chattaway.

Radical plans to axe centres as part of £1.1milion cost-cutting exercise by the council – after it was faced with a £67milion cut in government funding – were given the go-ahead last week by the council’s Conservative-controlled Cabinet.

It agreed the county’s 39 centres – which will be known as ‘children and family centres’ – would be reduced to just 14, with a number being used as ‘outreach’ bases run by third parties.

The move which was met with fierce opposition, is set to be implemented by October 2019.

The meeting will be broadcast live over the internet, starting at 10am.

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