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Children 'Left To Suffer' By Closures

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


‘Unwarranted’ closure of services up and down the country leaves ‘ticking timebomb’ for nation’s youth according to union.

GMB says England’s young people are being left to suffer with 34 per cent of the country’s children’s centres closing since 2010.

Figures obtained by the Labour party under a Freedom of Information request [1] reveal 1,240 centres have closed since the Conservatives came to power.

In 2010 there were 3,632 children’s centre – now there are just 2390, with one further centre offering a reduced service.

More than 230 have been lost in the past year alone.

GMB described the drop as creating a ‘ticking timebomb’ for young people.

Sharon Wilde, GMB National Officer for schools, said:

“These unwarranted closures are nothing short of a scandal – and our kids will end up paying the price.

“Children’s centres are vital for community cohesion and provide much-needed advice, help and activities for the next generation.

“This relentless stripping away of our young people’s services is leaving our children to suffer.

“It’s a self-defeating policy which will create a ticking time bomb for us all.”


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Notes to editors:

[1] Labour press release April 5 2017

Tories’ promise to be “most family friendly Government we’ve ever had” lies in tatters: one third of Sure Start Children’s Centres have been lost since 2010

Jeremy Corbyn will, on Wednesday 5 April, set out how Labour will stand up for working families

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