Groups fear cuts will be devastating

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COMMUNITY groups warned today that planned council cuts will ‘devastate’ an isolated Sheffield suburb.

Frontline services in Tinsley are delivered mainly by the voluntary sector and the main three groups involved have warned of the consequences of funding cuts.

Tinsley Community Forum, Tinsley Advice Service, and Tinsley Green Children’s Centre Nursery say they now face an uncertain future.

They argue families in the area will suffer disproportionately because equivalent services are miles away.

Nursery chairwoman Elaine Bennett said her centre was losing 15 per cent of council funds as well as a loss of funding from other areas.

She said: “The nursery will lose a third of its staff and there will be no full-year childcare for working parents in the area.

“Families will be cut adrift with no access to work or training. The cuts will devastate Tinsley.”

Tinsley Forum, which has been running since 1984, campaigns on local issues and supports local people into employment and training.

Spokesman Graham Whitfield said cuts could threaten the future of the Tinsley One Stop Shop, which the forum had created, converting a disused church into a community building, paying for staff wages and running costs.

“The forum currently has funding to keep the One Stop Shop open and staffed until July this year, after which unless further funding is found the services it offers to the community will cease and the shop will close,” he said.

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “We are not withdrawing all funding from these groups. In fact the advice service has actually been awarded the same amount of funding as last year.”

Services at Tinsley Children’s Centre would continue but would be restricted to term-time only, he added.