BIG ISSUE: CUTS TO SURE START CHILDREN'S CENTRES

As local authorities struggle to deal with budget cuts, children's centres around the country are at risk of closure.

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Bucks children’s centre campaigners lose in High Court

Campaigners fighting to keep children’s centres open in Buckinghamshire have lost their case in the High Court.

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Bucks children's centre campaigners await High Court decision on closures

A legal challenge against Buckinghamshire County Council’s decision to shut more than half of its children’s centres at the High Court in London came to a close...

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High court to rule on council's children’s centre closure

A high court judge is to decide whether the move by Buckinghamshire County Council to close 19 of its 35 children’s centres is unlawful.

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Children's centre use drops dramatically

The number of children using children’s centres has fallen by nearly 20 per cent, with a sharp drop in use among under-fives.

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Sure Start cut hospital visits for children in deprived areas

Sure Start children’s centres significantly reduced hospitalisations for children in poorer neighbourhoods and saved the NHS millions of pounds, new research has...

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East Sussex children's centres could close

Fourteen children’s centres in East Sussex have been earmarked for closure in an attempt to cut council budgets.

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Children's centres face ongoing decline in numbers

Lambeth Council has approved the closure of five of its children’s centres, while those in other parts of the country are also under threat.

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Children's centres face ongoing fight for survival in 2019

The new year may be just a few days old, but children’s centres in Surrey and the London borough of Lambeth are already facing the axe.

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Cash-strapped council plans to axe children's centre teachers

Teachers working in Leicester City’s children’s centres are at risk of losing their jobs because the council says it can no longer afford them.

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Sure Start: Norfolk County Council - Community trust plans to boost centre services

Sure Start has achieved a lot in the deprived area of Great Yarmouth - and despite drastic funding cuts, it is hoped that this good work will continue. Mary Evans...

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Report reveals benefits of Sure Start

After Sure Start Children’s Centres were found to significantly reduce hospitalisations for children in poorer areas and save the NHS millions of pounds, the research authors share their findings.