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Pledge to keep Sure Start centres in Northamptonshire

A pledge has been made to keep Sure Start children's centres in Northamptonshire open in 2011/2012 despite government cutbacks on funding.

Sure Start centres offers a range of services to families with young children, including help for parents wanting to find work and support.

They have been funded by local councils which have faced cuts in government grants.

Northamptonshire County Council has pledged to continue the service.

At a full meeting of the Conservative-controlled council its leader Andrew Grant said: "I have made a guarantee today that no centres will close as part of the 2011/12 budget.

"As a council we are facing extremely challenging financial pressures and the government has cut our grant that is partly used to fund the centres by 8.4% so savings will have to be made somewhere.

"We recognise the value of the services offered by the centres and are committed to ensuring they can continue to improve the outcomes for children and young people in the county."

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