The Tory leadership at West Sussex County Council proposes to close 32 children and family centres across the county. The changes would also see early help and all 12 Find it Out youth advice centres closed.
Councillors Cat Arnold, Lee Cowen and Carl Walker, Labour members of Adur and Worthing councils, launched a petition calling on the council to halt these cuts.
The petition, with more than 9,400 signatures, was submitted in time for it to be discussed at full council this month but the Conservative leadership, who run the council, have decided they will not discuss the petition until 19 March. This comes after they discuss next year’s budget. They will discuss the petition against the cuts a month after they decide to make the cuts!
It is disgraceful that they have decided to ignore the genuine concerns of local people, but that won’t stop us campaigning against this over the coming months. These services are an essential part of many communities across the county and need to be protected from unnecessary cuts. They are essential to the wellbeing of many parents and their children.
We will be fighting to make sure people’s voices are heard.
If you feel the council plan is wrong please share this message and contact your councillors and MPs to ask them to stop these cuts. You can find your MP here:
And your local councillors here-
Research shows that these centres are essential to the wellbeing of many parents and their children. They bring benefits to physical health, children’s behaviour and social skills, to the mental health of children and parents and to how families function. Mothers whose families were registered at centres showed improved mental health compared to mothers at centres that had experienced budget cuts and were reducing services.
These Children and Family Centres are set to be closed in Adur and Worthing:
Boundstone CFC, Sompting
Stepping Stones (Fishersgate) CFC
Footprints (Crescent Road) CFC
The Wave (East Worthing) CFC