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The budget for Children's Centres in Cambridgeshire is to be cut by £900,000 after county councillors voted to reorganise their provision.
Children's centres provide early years support and all sides of the debate agree they improve children's life chances.
The Conservatives say that the savings made today will mean more money goes to front line services for children. But the opposition say vulnerable families will be put at risk.
Dozens of parents have been protesting outside Shire Hall in Cambridge over council plans to close 19 Children's Centres.
Shutting a number of the centres - which provide early years support - would save the county council money. More than 3,000 people have signed a petition to have the matter debated in a full council meeting, which is now taking place.
The Council previously said it was re-designating children's services to better meet the needs of the community.
The future of Cambridgeshire's children's centres will be decided at a meeting today (Tuesday 17 October).
Cambridgeshire County Council is proposing to close 19 centres in a bid to save £1 million.
More than 3,000 people signed a petition to have the matter debated in a full council meeting at Shire Hall.
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A special meeting is taking place at Cambridgeshire County Council over the proposed closure of Children's Centres in the city.