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Campaign launched to save Salford nurseries

More than 200 people attended the public meeting Photo: ITV News

Parents and staff have launched a campaign against proposals to close all 5 local authority-run nurseries in Salford. Salford City Council says Government cuts to early years funding have left it with a £1.75m shortfall. It is holding a consultation on the proposals and the City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has written to ministers to argue that the funding should be restored.
More than 200 people attended a public meeting about the proposals, including council leaders and the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles, Rebecca Long-Bailey. She promised to support the campaign to save the nurseries.

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP addresses the meeting Credit: ITV News

Little Hulton Day Nursery, Winton Day Nursery, Barton Moss Day Nursery, Belvedere Day Nursery and Higher Broughton Day Nursery provide places for more than 300 three- and four-year olds. They employ more than 100 staff. The council says no final decision has been made and it hopes to find a solution through the consultation processes. Campaigners are calling for the consultation to be delayed so they can join the council in lobbying the Government to restore the funding.