Brighton children's centres hit by spending cuts

Toddler playing (generic) Image copyright Dominic Lipinski/PA
Image caption The city currently has 12 children's centres serving 14,745 under fives

Five children's centres in Brighton and Hove are to be merged or closed under proposed spending cuts.

The downgraded venues will provide part-time services run from the seven remaining fill-time children's centres.

The city council said the cuts would save £846,000 a year if implemented in the next financial year.

It follows an outcry from parents earlier this year when the council proposed closing eight of its 12 children's centres.

It said the new proposals took into account the results of its previous public consultation.

Seven centres to stay open

  • Roundabout (Whitehawk)
  • Moulsecoomb
  • Tarner
  • Hollingdean
  • Hangleton Park
  • Conway Court
  • Portslade (with reduced opening hours)

Five centres to be downgraded or closed

  • The Deans to merge with Roundabout
  • West Hove to merge with Conway Court
  • Hollingbury and Patcham to merge with Hollingdean
  • City View to merge with Tarner and/or Moulsecoomb
  • Cornerstone to close

The council said resources would continue to be targeted at children and parents in greatest need and would provide a balance of services such as baby groups and home visits.

The final decision on the proposals being discussed by the Children, Young People and Skills Committee will be made in February.

The council is also merging six special schools into three as part of a programme of changes to children's services aimed at saving £13.5m.

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