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8 Surrey Sure Start Centres Face Closing

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GMB To Oppose Closure Of 8 Surrey Sure Start Children’s Centres From 1st September As Surrey County Council Seeks Savings Of £2.7 Million

David Cameron said that frontline services would not be impacted by the cuts yet here we have up to eight Children’s Centres in Surrey facing closure says GMB.

GMB, the union for Sure Start staff, is calling on the public to make its opposition clear to the proposed closure of 8 of the 58 Sure Start Children’s Centres in Surrey as Surrey County Council seek a contribution of £2.7million savings from the Early Years and Childcare Services.

The eight Sure Start Children’s Centres under threat of closure are in Redhill, in Camberley, in Ewhurst near Cranleigh, in Elstead & Villages, in Ashtead, in Hurst Green and Holland, in Claygate and Oxshott and in Epsom.

The public consultations on these closures are due to begin in the middle of February at the earliest and to be completed by end March. Formal consultation with staff is due to begin in May with centres closing by 1st September.

Frank Minal, GMB Regional Organiser, said “David Cameron said that frontline provision would not be impacted by the cuts yet here we have up to eight Children’s Centres in Surrey facing closure. These services ensure that children have a good start in life, and without them there will be a massive gap in provision for younger children.

We are shocked that the council has once again run headlong into the potential closure of vital services for children, which provide care for mums, dads and babies right through to toddler age.  We are calling on the public to make clear their total opposition to these closures.

Surrey County Council needs to sit down and consult thoroughly with all interested parties before recommending courses of action before there has been any public consultation.  GMB has now written to Nick Wilson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services seeking a meeting and an explanation as to why frontline provision has been targeted.”

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Contact:  Frank Minal GMB Regional Organiser Tel: 07713 079 930 or 0208 397 8881 or Rob Carlson 0208 739 1308 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or  07921 2898880 or Email: frank.minal@gmb.org.uk

 

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