Greens stand up for Reading’s children’s centres

2 March 2017

East Reading Children's Centre sign

At the council’s annual budget meeting, Green councillors called for savings on expensive consultants to be accelerated so children’s centres could be saved. Have you got time to get involved with the Green Party make a difference on issues like this?

Currently the council is tragically consulting on closing 9 out of 13 children’s centres in Reading. They are vital public services and a one-stop shop for families offering everything from sessions which anyone can attend such as “messy play” to targeted one-to-one support. 

Green councillors have previously raised concerns about the rising spend on agency staff and temporary managers. A Green question recently revealed that one temporary senior manager was on just short of £1000 per day. The Green budget amendment sought to reduce expenditure in this area by recruiting more permanent staff and spending the money saved on keeping children’s centres open. Unfortunately the Green amendment was defeated. 

Rob White, Green Party councillor said: “closing children’s centres is shortsighted. It may save money in the short term, but will cost us more in the long run from increased health and social costs. 

Josh Williams, Green councillor on the Children’s Services committee said: “We have been working hard on this issue through our budget amendment, by supporting the petition and raising awareness of the consultation. The more people that get involved with the Green Party, the more of a difference we can make on important issues like this.” 

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