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Desperate Bid To Save Children's Centre

Thursday, September 14, 2017

 

Unions, parents and activists are prepared to fight to keep it open.

GMB and Unison have teamed up with parents in a bid to save a desperately needed local children's centre. [See note 1 for details of photocall]

The Bright Futures Day Care Centre provides a vital service to working parents in Hateley Heath, Sandwell, but is threatened with closure with 12 staff facing redundancy.

Management have advised that this is due to a deficit of £160k but acknowledge this is due to previous mismanagement.

GMB and Unison, along with local parents and community activists are calling for the council to intervene so that the centre can continue to reverse detrimental policy decisions and offer a clean slate to provide a realistic service for working parents for children 0 to 5 years old.

A site meeting with Cabinet Member Simon Hackett, Officer of the Council and School Governors, has been arranged for Tuesday 19 September to look at trying to develop a strategy to avoid closure.

Sam Fagan, GMB Education Convenor, said:

“Bright Futures Day Care Centre is a desperately needed resource within our community.

“Unions, parents and activists are prepared to fight to keep it open.

“We are keen to work with Sandwell Council and School Governors to save this vital provision important for future attainment of the children and Ofsted rating of the school.”

Marie Taylor, Sandwell UNISON, said:

“The trade unions want to see no redundancies and are campaigning with local parents to ensure babies and children of Hateley Heath have a high standard, safe, educational provision for their children to enable them to go to work worry free.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB: 0121 569-5990, Darren James or Sam Fagan; or GMB Pres Office on on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk?

Sandwell UNISON: 0121 569-5996, Marie Taylor

Notes to editors:

[1] Photocall Monday 14th September, 14:45 until 15:45, School gates Hateley Heath Primary School, Huntingdon Road B71 2RP
 

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