A group of mothers and their supporters have staged a protest today against planned cuts to children's centres in Hampshire. The parents in Basingstoke want the council to rethink proposals to slash more than £20 million from the budget. The plan is to close all 54 children's centres and replace them with 11 hubs to help streamline services and save money. Kate Bunkall reports.
The interviewee is Catherine Overden, the organiser.
Union members are threatening to take strike action against plans to shut children's centres in Oxfordshire.
Councillors voted last month to close forty four, replacing them with eight 'early intervention' hubs as part of plans to save money.
Unite has accused the local authority of turning its back on children. The council says more cuts are needed because of the reduced amount from central Government.
Campaigners admit their fight to keep children's centres open across Kent has had only limited success. The county council say cuts in Government grants mean it's not possible to keep all 97 centres running. 12 centres stretching from Westerham to Deal will shut for good.
Nineteen centres WILL stay open but with reduced opening times. The Conservatives at KCC say they had no alternative. Labour politicians have denounced the decision as shameful. Ruje Yasmin reports, talking to campaigner Hannah Arnold, Labour candidate Tristan Osborne, and Whitstable mums.
12 children's centres in Kent are to shut: the county council blames cuts in government funding. However 11 of 23 centres which were threatened with closure will remain open. It comes after the County Council consulted with thousands of parents.
The authority says it's come up with new ways of running them to save money and bring in some income. The centres offer help and advice to parents.
Twelve of the twenty three children's centres in Kent which were threatened with closure will shut.
The remaining eleven centres will remain open. The announcement follows a three-month consultation in which 6,000 people took part. Kent County council says it has come up with new ways of running the surviving centres which will enable the authority to save money and bring in some income.
Campaigners fighting for the future of Sure Start Centres in Kent have won the support of the Shadow Minister for Children and Families. Labour's Sharon Hodgson is due to visit Deal and Dover today.
A quarter of the area's children's centres could close under Kent County Council plans to save money.