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Children - biggest losers of the recession?

19 October 2011

A recent survey by the shadow children’s minister Sharon Hodgson suggests that 80% of local authorities in England have cut funding to children’s centres in the past year, and that 90% plan to implement cuts in 2012. This is in addition to almost 50 centres which have already, or will be, closed.

There are approximately 3,600 children’s centres in England, 50% of which are in some of the most deprived areas. They are essentially a “one-stop shop” bringing together a full range of services offering support and guidance to parents to help them support their children’s development and learning.

Necessary savings in budgets required today may simply be postponing a greater costs burden in the future if the opportunity for early intervention is lost, and things go wrong later on.

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