Meeting over controversial Wakefield Council shake-up of children’s centres

Meetings will be held next week as part of a public consultation over a shake-up of children’s centres.

By Don Mort
Friday, 26th September 2014, 3:34 pm

Controversial plans to reduce the number of children’s in the district will be discussed at St Michael’s CE Academy, on Flanshaw Lane, Wakefield, from 6pm-7.30pm on Tuesday.

Another meeting will be held at the same time at Newlands Primary School, on Wakefield Road, on Thursday.

Cash-strapped Wakefield Council is proposing to centralise the district’s 23 children’s centres into six main sites and three ‘linked’ sites offering extra support in areas of high deprivation.

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Parents who fear losing their children’s centres staged protests when the proposals were announced in July.

Wakefield Council, which is faced with £185m in budget cuts by 2020, said the plans would provide more effective support for the district’s most troubled families.

A public consultation on the shake-up will run until October 15.

An online survey has also been launched at [email protected]