Wakefield Council wants you to have your say over future of city’s children’s centres

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Wakefield Council wants people to have their say on the proposed changes to children’s centre services.

Under new cost-cutting proposals, the services could be centralised into six main hubs and three ‘linked’ sites, which would offer extra support in areas of high deprivation.

Coun Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “No decision has been made yet on children’s centres and we have already seen the strength of feeling people have for them.

“Although the proposal is to stop operating some children’s centres, it is not a proposal to stop offering the services they provide.

“We want to provide the services that families need in the most effective way in their own communities.

“I’d urge people to give us their views via the online survey or at an event so we can factor this into our final decision-making later in the year.”

Public events for people to share their views will be held between 6pm and 7.30pm:

• Thursday, September 18 at Ossett Town Hall

• Wednesday, September 24 at Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre

• Tuesday, September 30 at St Michael’s CE Academy, Flanshaw Lane

People can also give their views online by visiting www.wakefield.gov.uk/centresurvey. The three month public consultation finishes on October 15.