My colleague and esteemed leader has penned a posting in Children's Centres. I think it is fair to say that those of us seriously engaged with reducing the council budget have found this amongst the most difficult of issues to with which to deal. We have tried to stick to the principle that these services should be targetted on the most vulnerable -children who are not 'school ready' as Graham Allen expresses it in his report. Tony lays out the dilemma in a posting today which begins:
I think it is fair to say that many of us on the Council were surprised when the previous Labour Government launched phases 2 and 3 of Children’s Centres. It is not they were not desirable but we felt that they would not be financially unsustainable. Sadly, that concern/view has risen to the surface over the last week or so. By the way Phase 1 Children’s Centres were targeted at deprived communities, which was the stated aim of the national project originally.
full posting here