Labour councillors on Suffolk County Council have joined other opposition parties to demand a review of the decision to close children’s centres across the county.

They insist that the decision approved by the Suffolk County Council’s Conservative administration did not take proper account of the evidence presented to it.

Labour group children’s services spokesman Jack Abbott said: “The analysis, some of which is four years out of date, is all over the place. The evidence backing their proposals is non-existent. The Tories have ignored the pleas of families, children’s centre staff and social workers who have all said that these plans simply do not stack up.”

Under the controversial plans announced earlier this month, the children’s centre in Woodbridge will close, the centre in Halesworth will become part-time, and centres in Rendlesham and Saxmundham will be effectively lost when they are absorbed into adjacent nursery schools.

If the “call-in” request is upheld it will go before a meeting of the County Council’s Scrutiny Committee.


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