Tuesday 17th October, 2017

Romsey Mill statement on Council decision about Children's Centres

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Children's Centres:  Romsey Mill Statement

On Tuesday 17th October, at a full meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council, Councillors voted to approve proposals on the future of Children's Centre services.

The decision will effectively see the closure of the Children's Centres managed by Romsey Mill at its Romsey Mill Centre and Cherry Hinton and see a further £900k reduction from the Council's budget for Children's Centre services.

Neil Perry, Romsey Mill's Chief Executive Officer, issued the following statement in repsonse to the County Council decision on the future of Children's Centres.

Neil Perry said:

"Many, many families and other members of the public right across Cambridgeshire will be deeply disappointed with the decision made at the meeting of the Full Council today, agreeing to proposals to cut a further £900k from existing Children’s Centre services.  31 County Councillors were in favour of the proposals and 22 Councillors voted against them.

A significant majority of families were not supportive of the proposals put forward in the public consultation. It is questionable whether their views were conscientiously taken into account in the final proposals that were brought before County Councillors today.

Romsey Mill supports change that leads to the improvement in outcomes for all children, young people and families and contributes to wider community wellbeing. For over 37 years Romsey Mill has demonstrated compassion, creativity, flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of young people, children and families living in Cambridgeshire.

We wanted County Councillors to understand that our disagreement with the proposals did not come from a position of only being concerned about services that Romsey Mill provides, or an unwillingness to face change positively, as was suggested during the debate.  However, Romsey Mill thinks that the Council’s decision will not result in improved outcomes for many children and families and will not help to grow resilient and thriving communities. Our view is that the cuts made to Early Intervention services over recent years have contributed significantly to the unprecedented surge in demand for, and escalating cost of, crisis interventions.

We will continue to talk with County Council officers and members, in order to determine how matters will now move forward, particularly with regard to continuing support for families and our Children’s Centre staff roles."



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