Derbyshire residents to be asked for views on children’s centres

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Residents in Derbyshire are to be asked how they think children’s centre services should be delivered.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet has agreed to carry out a review looking at the best possible ways of delivering essential services for children and families while saving £1.1 million.

The authority needs to save £157 million by 2018 to meet Government spending targets.

A report proposing the review outlined five possible options - charging parents for using children’s centres; charging organisations for using the buildings; reducing staffing levels; closing some centres and only offering services which are not already available elsewhere.

The review will start on Wednesday, May 14 and run for five weeks.

Derbyshire’s first children’s centre opened 14 years ago. There are now 54 centres across the county which cost £8 million a year to run.

To find out more or take part in the review visit from Wednesday, May 14.

Free internet access is available on computers in Derbyshire libraries and children’s centres.