Proposed children’s cuts a disgrace

 

The proposed cuts of 38% to early years children’s services being pushed through by the Lib Dems are a disgrace.  Children’s Centres provide a valuable lifeline to families and carers of young children, combining universal services with tailored support for those with greater need on a whole range of issues, from breastfeeding to benefits.  By providing universal services rather than simply targeted services, some of the social stigma attached with needing extra help can be reduced, and encourage those who may otherwise not ask, to come forward. 

Even if you take the premise that cuts must be made, then making nearly 40% cuts to any one provision seems short sighted in the extreme, particularly to a service area that can make such a huge difference to people’s lives.  By making early interventions and helping families we are reducing problems – and costs – for the future. 

I would like to commend the strong fight that parents have put up to keep their services and the strong support they have been given by Councillor Liz Hardman and the local Labour Party as a whole.

I can only hope that on Wednesday 16th of January the full council will realise the strength of opposition to these cuts, and reconsider.

Rachel Willis, Bath Labour Party

 
 
 

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