11 children's centre staff to be axed as Bury Council cuts £820,000 from budget

11 children's centre staff to be axed as Bury Council cuts £820,000 from budget

11 children's centre staff to be axed as Bury Council cuts £820,000 from budget

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BETTER-off families will no longer be able to use children centre services if council proposals get the green light.

Bury Council has unveiled plans to axe 11 full-time staff from its children’s services department to save £820,000.

A report to be considered by the all-Labour Cabinet meeting at the town hall at 6pm next Wednesday accepts there could be “significant public opposition to the proposals”.

The government is compelling Bury Council to offer 15 hours of nursery care for 38 weeks a year to the 40 per cent most deprived two-year-olds in the borough.

This amounts to 1,177 children, but there are only 687 places.

To create more places, the report proposes converting seven children’s centres into nurseries.

Six are based at the following primary schools: Butterstile and Heaton Park in Prestwich, Radcliffe Hall and St John’s in Radcliffe, and St Stephen’s and St John with St Mark, in Bury. The other is Ramsbottom Children’s Centre.

Service providers, such as schools, will bid to run them and they will cease to become known as children’s centres, as will Tottington Children’s Centre.

Meanwhile, the council is proposing to establish children’s centre hubs, designed to cover each area of the borough where the most deprived youngsters live.

They will be at the following children’s centres: Woodbank with Elton in Brandle- sholme Road, Bury, Little Oaks in Hazel Avenue, Bury, Coronation Road in Radcliffe, Besses in Ribble Drive, Whitefield, Sedgley in Bishops Road, Prestwich, and Redvales in Dorset Drive, Bury.

The report states: “These proposals will help deliver a proposed savings target of £820,000, which has been set for the service (from April 2015).

It adds: “(There could be) significant public opposition to the proposals including opposition to move to a targeted rather than a universal service and/or conversion of sites to nursery provision.

“The strategy will provide positive support to the most vulnerable families in the borough.”

If the cabinet approves the proposals, a 12-week consultation will begin with staff, unions and service users and a final decision would expect to be made in December.

Read the full report here.

 

 

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2:49pm Sat 30 Aug 14

akdhughes says...

Join parents and community members fighting these closures, which take the children's centres from the most deprived areas like Rainsough and Polefield and put them out of the reach of those most in need. https://www.facebook
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Join parents and community members fighting these closures, which take the children's centres from the most deprived areas like Rainsough and Polefield and put them out of the reach of those most in need. https://www.facebook .com/pages/Save-Bury s-Childrens-Centres/ 746359092096250?sk=p osts_to_page akdhughes
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6:08am Sun 31 Aug 14

sense2 says...

The fairest way of sorting this out is to have different bands of tax for people with families. Obviously children facilities need providing so those people with young children should pay a higher rate of income and council tax to help pay for them. Everyone else should pay a much lower rate as it must be unfair to expect them to contribute towards something they have no use for.
The fairest way of sorting this out is to have different bands of tax for people with families. Obviously children facilities need providing so those people with young children should pay a higher rate of income and council tax to help pay for them. Everyone else should pay a much lower rate as it must be unfair to expect them to contribute towards something they have no use for. sense2
  • Score: -15

6:05pm Sun 31 Aug 14

EmShambles says...

Ironic that you call yourself sense. If you want to be excluded from this particular payment you can count me out of car parking and enforcement payment,local leisure facilities and brown bin collection payments. If you could tot up how much you personally have spent on the NHS I'd like that refunding too please. We are a community. if you don't have kids that's fine but please try to remember that these children are the ones that will be your doctors,nurses and carers one day.Your tax imput in to the lives of local children and their futures is as valid as any other tax payment. Rather than shirking your responsibility as part of the human race do something positive! Change your selfish attitude and show them how a caring community functions.These kids will be a large part of your future.What example are you setting for the local youth with uncaring comment? Don't be part of the problem.
Ironic that you call yourself sense. If you want to be excluded from this particular payment you can count me out of car parking and enforcement payment,local leisure facilities and brown bin collection payments. If you could tot up how much you personally have spent on the NHS I'd like that refunding too please. We are a community. if you don't have kids that's fine but please try to remember that these children are the ones that will be your doctors,nurses and carers one day.Your tax imput in to the lives of local children and their futures is as valid as any other tax payment. Rather than shirking your responsibility as part of the human race do something positive! Change your selfish attitude and show them how a caring community functions.These kids will be a large part of your future.What example are you setting for the local youth with uncaring comment? Don't be part of the problem. EmShambles
  • Score: 19

8:54am Mon 1 Sep 14

sense2 says...

ref emshambles

Sense is something your post clearly lacks. All I am saying basically is that if you chose to have children then more of the burden has to be borne by you. Having a family is a choice not compulsory. Normal tax payers should not continually be seeing a disproportionate amount of what they pay going towards this one group.
ref emshambles Sense is something your post clearly lacks. All I am saying basically is that if you chose to have children then more of the burden has to be borne by you. Having a family is a choice not compulsory. Normal tax payers should not continually be seeing a disproportionate amount of what they pay going towards this one group. sense2
  • Score: -12

9:35am Mon 1 Sep 14

EmShambles says...

sense2 wrote:
ref emshambles

Sense is something your post clearly lacks. All I am saying basically is that if you chose to have children then more of the burden has to be borne by you. Having a family is a choice not compulsory. Normal tax payers should not continually be seeing a disproportionate amount of what they pay going towards this one group.
Do you not get it? Internet argument aside.There is a much bigger picture here and you don't see it.We're all paying tax for services we personally don't use.As a community we should support each other.I'd be the first to complain on your behalf is they took an important service away from you.Instead of moaning about it help cut costs by volunteering your time or do a sponsored whinge or something useful.I can tell you're not stupid so change.your.ways before you get any older. It'll only make you more sour.
[quote][p][bold]sense2[/bold] wrote: ref emshambles Sense is something your post clearly lacks. All I am saying basically is that if you chose to have children then more of the burden has to be borne by you. Having a family is a choice not compulsory. Normal tax payers should not continually be seeing a disproportionate amount of what they pay going towards this one group.[/p][/quote]Do you not get it? Internet argument aside.There is a much bigger picture here and you don't see it.We're all paying tax for services we personally don't use.As a community we should support each other.I'd be the first to complain on your behalf is they took an important service away from you.Instead of moaning about it help cut costs by volunteering your time or do a sponsored whinge or something useful.I can tell you're not stupid so change.your.ways before you get any older. It'll only make you more sour. EmShambles
  • Score: 13

12:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Clairey206@live.co.uk says...

This is ridiculous, for many of us without family support these children's centres are vital for our mental health. You've given birth and for the first two weeks you're in new mum bliss, surrounded by people who want to meet the new baby, midwife, husband. Then husband goes back to work, friends have their own lives and midwife signs you off...you're alone, with a new baby and no one to talk to until your husband comes home! Ten hours (in my case) alone, it's soul destroying, yes you're happy to have a baby but you need somewhere in the community to go and be able to talk to other people, especially people like you who understand! To close these centres will be terrible and such a backward step for the community.
This is ridiculous, for many of us without family support these children's centres are vital for our mental health. You've given birth and for the first two weeks you're in new mum bliss, surrounded by people who want to meet the new baby, midwife, husband. Then husband goes back to work, friends have their own lives and midwife signs you off...you're alone, with a new baby and no one to talk to until your husband comes home! Ten hours (in my case) alone, it's soul destroying, yes you're happy to have a baby but you need somewhere in the community to go and be able to talk to other people, especially people like you who understand! To close these centres will be terrible and such a backward step for the community. Clairey206@live.co.uk
  • Score: 4

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