Derbys: Residents may have their say on County Council’s proposed children’s centre review

Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire residents could be asked how they think children’s centre services should be delivered if a proposed review is given the go-ahead by the County Council.

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

A report going to the council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 6th May will propose a review is carried out to look at possible ways of effectively delivering essential services for children and families while making a saving of £1.1 million.

The report outlines five possible options: Charging parents for using children’s centres; Charging organisations for using the buildings; Reducing staffing levels; Closing some centres; Only offering services which are not already available elsewhere through the voluntary, community and independent sector.

If the cabinet gives the go-ahead a five-week review and public consultation would take place, starting on Monday 12th May.

Feedback from the review would be used for a follow-up cabinet report in the autumn.

If any centres are earmarked for possible closure a further three-month consultation would take place before a recommendation was made to cabinet.