Children’s centre meeting change

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A MEETING to discuss a planned shake-up of Sheffield’s children’s centres has been rescheduled.

The debate of Sheffield Council’s children’s and young people’s scrutiny board was due to take place on Wednesday, but the chairman of the committee cannot attend due to a family bereavement.

It will now take place on Thursday, January 24.

Coun Colin Ross, Sheffield Council’s Lib Dem spokesman for children and young people’s services, said: “It’s understandable the chairman can’t attend, but it’s a shame that the meeting has been delayed, particularly, for a number of young mothers who had already made arrangements to attend.

“Hundreds of parents across Sheffield think Labour councillors have got their plan to shake-up local children’s centres all wrong. It’s important their voice is heard.”

The council plans to save £3.5 million by changing the way children’s centres are managed, including the loss of 50 jobs.