Neil Carmichael discusses Glos County Council’s proposals for changes to Children’s Centre

Posted on 19. Mar, 2016 by in Featured, Politics & Campaigns

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Stroud Against The Cuts write: Gloucestershire County Council is currently conducting a consultation regarding the future of Children’s Centres in the County. Several members of Stroud Against the Cuts attended a recent meeting at Parliament Children’s Centre about the changes – in order to ask local MP Neil Carmichael some questions about the plans.

Our objections to the proposals concern the attack on universal services and moving of services to two main centres – much of it is to be provided by volunteers and therefore provision is likely to be patchy and inconsistent as volunteers move on. Underpinning universal provision was a recognition of the need that all parents/carers have for informal non-stigmatising support from time to time. Children’s Centres have cut through the isolation parents feel and provided a local community network. How will this work if parents have to travel long distances with small children to find such provision in the future? The absence of universal provision by skilled staff trained to recognise children with additional needs will put at risk the identification of these children and provision for their needs at an early stage.

Those asking questions include Cllr Sarah Lunnon, the Green Party County councillor for Stroud.

See more about the consultation here.

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