‘It was never about closures’ – Deputy leader’s children’s centres claim as parents plan protest

The Bolton News is reporting that Bolton Council have commented on the future of their children’s centres and their controversial proposals.

Deputy leader of Bolton Council Cllr Linda Thomas has stressed that the future of children’s centres was “never about closures” as campaigners announced they are to hold a protest against the authority’s controversial proposals.

Cllr Thomas said that the authority was committed to maintaining the service as the consultation ended before councillors rule on the plans — which could lead to a reduction in the number of children’s centres.

Under the council’s plans — which it hopes will save £1.5 million — the Family Support, Early Years and Childcare and Children’s Centre services will be merged into a new Start Well service. New teams will operate from seven Start Well community hubs across the south, north and west areas of the borough.

Cllr Thomas said: “Children’s centres are very important to the council and I want to thank our service users and staff who have taken part in the consultation.”

“I want to be clear that the children’s centres review was always a redesign of early years and family support services — it was never about closures.”

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