A row has erupted after cuts to Children Centres were proposed by Cambridgeshire County Council, including services currently provided at 21 centres, which will lead to a significant reduction in support for families across the county. Children Centres in Huntingdonshire are impacted significantly! A summary of the proposals impacting Huntingdonshire is given below.
Consultation on the proposals will be carried out over the summer – timing which has angered Liberal Democrat group leader Cllr Lucy Nethsingha (Newnham) who said “A consultation which takes place over the school holidays is one which many parents will be too busy to engage with. This scheme is a direct result of Conservative councillors’ decision in February not to accept our proposal for a small council tax rise of just 45p per household per week.”
We need to make the Conservatives understand how much opposition there is their proposals, which will likely hit the least well off in our community hardest, and will mean that children receive less support, at the ages where it is most valuable! Make your voice heard and:-
The changes proposed for Huntingdonshire are summarised below. As you will see some services will be on split sites, scope redefined and some centres are due to be redesignated. The council’s proposals don’t come clean about what services are provided now, and what will remain after the cuts have taken place. They don’t explain how far people will have to travel to access the services that are left, or how they will get there if they live in rural areas where bus services have been cut to the bone. Its very worrying!