Tulip Siddiq, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Early Years, has heavily criticised Conservative-run Suffolk County Council over its controversial plans to close children’s centres across the county.
“A decade of Tory cuts have had a devastating impact on Suffolk, where nine children’s centres have already been forced to close. Losing any more children’s centres in Suffolk would be catastrophic for the children and the families who rely on them for support:
“This is an incredibly tough time for many children, so it is imperative that we both continue to fund existing services and look at how we can provide better support. But Tory cuts to council budgets have made it so much more difficult for families to get the support they need, and they are being underfunded in this crisis.
“Further cutbacks to children’s centres will compound the huge problems that families are facing at the moment. Labour support those who are fighting to save these vital services.”
Plans being pushed by Conservatives on Suffolk County Council mean services will be reduced at more than half of the county’s children’s centres in July. A meeting of its cabinet next week is being recommended to reduce the hours at 11, while a further 11 will close entirely. Just 16 children’s centres would remain open full-time compared with the 47 that were operating at the start of 2015.