The childrens services committee held their meeting yesterday (22 January) where there was 6 hours of debate over these proposals.
Following the debate several amendments were proposed by opposition parties, but these were rejected during a vote. Following this, the committee was asked to vote on the proposals.
Everytime someone signed our online petition against the closures, our system automatically sent an email to all of the conservative councillors who are on the children’s services committee to notify them, including the chairman of the committee – councillor Stuart Dark.
Yesterday evening, Norwich City Council’s cabinet met to discuss the proposals put forward by Norfolk County Council to close children’s centres across Norfolk.
The chairman understands that budget cuts from central government are making the problem an acute one, but the reduction in Norwich is a massive one. The chair says how vital these centres are.
We are pleased to confirm that Norfolk County Council has today acknowledged the petition signatures that we collected and these will be entered into the consultation responses.
This follows on from the petition signatures submitted by the Norfolk Labour party too, meaning additional pressure is being put on Norfolk County Council. We are now awaiting the results of the public consultation, and we will bring this to you as soon as it’s made available – why not sign up to our newsletter and we can keep you updated by email.
As the consultation draws to a close this evening, we are pleased to have submitted the petition that was signed by you – the public.
Our petition of 976 signatures was this evening submitted to Norfolk County Council as part of their consultation, and we look forward to their response. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and helped us draw attention to these awful proposals, let’s hope our voices will make a difference.
However, the closure of the consultation isn’t the end – we will keep pushing for more information and putting pressure on the council to keep our centres open. Please do sign our petitions and show this council, we – the public, will not stand for their behaviour and awful ideas.
Nursery world magazine article about closure of children’s centres: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1165807/children-s-centres-facing-cull-nationwide (including our campaign in Norfolk)
You can view a segment about the children’s centres closures that was aired 21/10/2018 on the politics show on BBC One East online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkNBuVsjKwA
Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council took part in a radio interview on BBC Radio 4’s today programme this morning (24/10/2018)
You can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/3htQBQFnFlw
During prime minsters questions in the house of commons today, a question was put forward by a labour MP in regards to children’s services cuts (athough not specific to Norfolk, but does raise an important question).
Given the £1.2 million worth of cuts to children’s services since 2014 in my constituency, does the prime minister believe we have adequate resources for SEND in Peterbrough?
*SEND = special educational needs & disability
Prime Minister (Conservative)
We do take the issue of children’s services very seriously becuase all children no matter where they live should have access to high quality care, spending on the most vulnreable children has increased over £1 billion since 2010, but of course it’s not simply about money, it’s about how councils deliver good and excellent services, and we need to ensure everybody is delivering according to best practice, that’s why we are improving social work training, we are spreading innovation & best practice, and where councils aren’t delivering the standard of service we expect we will intervene to ensure they improve.
If you wish to view the full prime ministers questions session from today (Wednesday 24/10/2018) you can do so via BBC iPlayer – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bpv4mg/prime-ministers-questions-24102018