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Threat To Northants Children's Centres

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spurgeons Consultation Meeting Threat To Jobs, Hours And Community Services At Contracted Out Northants Children’s Centres

Funding that previously was used to provide services in these centres has been moved by Northamptonshire County Council to the Library plus services, says GMB.

GMB, the union for public sector staff, attended consultation meetings on 29th September with the charity organisation Spurgeons on the future of contracted out children’s centres in Northamptonshire.

Spurgeons took over the running of 15 children’s centres in Northamptonshire earlier this month after Northamptonshire County Council awarded them a £2.7m contracts in May.

GMB members and employees were advised that they are at risk of redundancy, that there would be cuts in hours of work, and that volunteers would be used in place of paid staff. There are also potential threats to vital community services run in the centres like Midwife and M.P’s Surgeries and adult education services.

Rachelle Wilkins, GMB Regional Officer, said “These centres and services are absolutely vital for parents and children in the local community. This is just a further example of a Tory led government hitting the most vulnerable in society.

Funding that previously was used to provide services in these centres has been moved by Northamptonshire County Council to the Library plus services.

Staff are devastated after putting so much hard work and dedication into building rapport with the parents and children. There is now uncertainty as to the future provision of services, current opening hours of the centres and even the same familiar faces of staff on a daily basis.

Parents and service providers are going to be consulted on the future services at the centres. GMB cannot urge them strongly enough to make it very clear how much they need and rely on these services and to fight to keep the services in the future. It has to be made clear to Northamptonshire County Council that they cannot dodge their responsibilities to properly fund these centres.”

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Contact Rachelle Wilkins on 01733344418 at the Peterborough Office or 07966 327970 or GMB press office 07921 289880

 

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