GMB WINS FIRST BATTLE IN FIGHT TO STOP COUNCIL PLAN TO CLOSE ALL BIRMINGHAM’S COMMUNITY NURSERIES
GMB would like to thank all the parents and staff who've supported out campaign and helped to bring about this change.
GMB, the union for childcare workers, has won the first battle in the fight to stop a council plan to close Birmingham’s last 14 community day nurseries.
The council's plan would have left hundreds of some of the poorest families with no day care provision.
Following intensive talks during the past few days, Birmingham City Council has agreed to put additional options for consultation.
A revised cabinet report will now go forward in December.
The option, which GMB has been pushing for from the start, will look at sustainability and locality provision as well as the options for closures.
Gill Ogilvie GMB Regional Officer said:
“We have been holding intensive talks during the past few days regarding the proposals that we originally put forward.
“We have managed to succeed and get additional options for consultation onto the cabinet report which will go forward in December.
“These options will look at sustainability and locality provision as well as the options for closures.
"This gives us the space to fully explore each and every nursery and a business case for keeping them open.
“GMB would like to thanks all the parents and staff who applies pressur e to the council that has resulted in these changes.
“We have won the first battle in the fight to save our nurseries – but there is still a lot more work to be done.”
Contact: Gil Ogilvie on 07850768351 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
In December 2015 the council had made proposals to close all the nurseries across the city but the GMB lodged a dispute with them which was successful in looking at suitable alternative arrangements. The city originally had 26 nurseries in 2010 it then closed 12 which left the remaining 14 centres that they planned to close again in 2015. Due to the GMB dispute this was prevented and discussions surrounding sustainability were the outcome of the 2015 dispute. Section 6 of the childcare Act 2006, places a duty on English local authorities to secure sufficient childcare for working parents. There are a further 26 standalone nursery schools which could be affected further as a consequence of these initial proposals just at a time when they have been promised secured funding for the next 2 years when the new fixed rate for EEE funded places comes into effect.
Previous press releases
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Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/nursery-closures-birmingham
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Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/nursery-closure-plan