So Coun Janet Battye says the Liberal Democrats “have no intention of closing any children’s centres”.
Well she could have fooled me! Since coming to power in 2010, the Lib Dem/Tory Government has cut the national budget for early years intervention by 40 per cent, presided over the closure of 558 Sure Start centres to date and cut the numbers offering day care to a mere 500. In Calderdale, the Labour-led council, struggling with huge government spending cuts, has just produced clear plans to keep all local children’s centres open and to preserve day care services wherever they exist. Councillor Battye’s response was to try and delay the Labour scheme because it lacked “vision”. What nonsense! Labour’s vision for children’s centres couldn’t be clearer. It is to keep them open and fully available to all local families who need and value them. And that’s exactly what we intend to do.
Coun Anne Collins