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Mixed reception for SureStart changes

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.


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Sure Start centres face closure

A campaign is building to fight the planned closure of 23 children's centres in Kent. The County Council says it needs to shut them to save money after Government funding was cut.

But parents who use the centres are furious and are backing a petition against the changes - and they're being joined by some Conservative MPs.

David Johns reports, speaking to Shadow Minister for Children and Families, Sharon Hodgson MP; Sittingbourne & Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson; and Folkestone & Hythe MP, Damian Collins.