Plans to merge children's services in Hampshire

A ten-week public consultation has started on plans to merge all children's services in Hampshire as the council tries to plug a £98m funding shortfall.

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Campaign fights plans to merge children's centres

A campaign is underway in Hampshire to prevent the closure of dozens of children's centres. Plans currently being debated would mean 54 being reduced to just 11.

Sure start centres in the New Forest, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Winchester and the Test Valley are under threat.

Leading the fight is Catherine Ovenden who says her centre played a vital role when she was a new mum. Richard Jones reports.

Plans to merge children's services in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council is trying to save £98m Credit: ITV Meridian

A ten-week public consultation has started on plans to merge all children's services in Hampshire as the council tries to plug a £98m funding shortfall.

Under the scheme, fifty four centres would be reduced to eleven and 60% of staff would lose their jobs.

The council says the move would save eight point five million.

But campaigners who fought to keep the centres open when they were under threat in 2011 plan to protest

ITV Meridian spoke to Deputy Leader of the county council, Keith Mans.

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