Protest rally against Sheffield cuts

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A CITY centre protest is to be held, opposing the council’s decision to slash millions of pounds from Sheffield’s early years budget.

The rally has been organised by the Community Childcare Forum, and those wishing to take part should assemble at Devonshire Green on Saturday, January 19, at 11am.

The £3.5m budget cut was approved last month despite fierce objections from parents, staff members and the wider community, and means 36 children’s centres in Sheffield will be downgraded as Ofsted-registered centres and, instead, reorganised into 17 children’s centre ‘areas’.

The move could result in up to 50 job losses and 20 childcare providers losing their subsidies.