Rotherham children centres could stay as hundreds join consultation

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Two under-threat children’s centres in Rotherham could remain open in a shake-up of services after community consultation.

More than 1,600 representations were made against plans to cut the number of centres from 22 to nine from April – to meet a £2.2 million Government funding cut.

Rotherham Council’s cabinet heard how residents said there needed to be an even spread of centres across the borough – and facilities in Wath-upon-Dearne and Dinnington should remain.

This will be discussed in detail when a full report on the consultation process is considered at a later date.

Joyce Thacker, strategic director of children and young people’s services, said the council would have to consider how it could financially sustain the centres if they remain open.

John Healey, Wentworth and Dearne MP, said keeping the Wath centre open would mean ‘children would still get the best start in life and parents will still be able to get the great childcare and support it offers’.