Stoke & Staffordshire

Nursery funding changes considered in Stoke-on-Trent

Parents are being consulted on plans to change the way nurseries are funded in Stoke-on-Trent as the city council looks to save £20m over the next year.

The council said it wanted to introduce a "flat rate" for nursery provision across the city.

In September, the authority announced it needed to find savings of £100m over the next four years.

On Tuesday, plans were revealed to cut up to 70 jobs and raising fees for parking and leisure.

The planned changes to nursery care are part of wide-ranging proposals for budget cuts.

The Labour-run city council said the savings targets were out of its control and set by government.

It warned that after three years of cuts, savings were becoming "unsustainable".

The Department for Communities and Local Government said on Wednesday, however, that Stoke-on-Trent was getting a fair deal and that the local authority received higher than average funding.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is due to make a final decision on its budget early in the new year.

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