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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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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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