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Stock_Image_3.jpgLabour County Councillors across the City are joining with protesting parents, unions and early years professionals tomorrow (Tuesday 17th October) from 9:45am at Shire Hall in a last ditch attempt to save children's centres facing the axe in the County Council's Budget. 

Cambridgeshire County Council plan to scrap four dedicated children's centres in Cambridge - and 19 across the county in a bid to save £1 million. In a recent public consultation, the majority of Cambridge residents were opposed to the closure of children's centres in Cambridge. 

Cllr Clare Richards who represents Castle Ward says "parents and campaigners across the city are coming to Shire Hall to show the depth of depth of felling against these cuts which will decimate the service. They will make their voice heard outside the meeting and many will be speaking in the meeting. The Labour Group are also putting forward a motion to say that there have been enough cuts over the last seven years and they must stop now so that our vital children's services to the disadvantaged are not reduced to little more than a skeleton service."

 

Councillors prepared for last ditch fight to save children's centres from the axe

Labour County Councillors across the City are joining with protesting parents, unions and early years professionals tomorrow (Tuesday 17th October) from 9:45am at Shire Hall in a last ditch attempt...

Jocelynne Scutt, Labour's County Councillor for Arbury has welcomed the proposal to reinstate the £2300,00 budget for books, periodicals and newspaper, which was controversially cut last year, but also warns about of the future of libraries across Cambridgeshire. 

Jocelynne said, "Along with hundreds of residents, I protested against this cut last year, so it's good news that it is now being reversed, but begs the question on whether the Conservative administration at Shire Hire actually have a coherent plan for anything. 

They certainly don't for libraries and I am very concerned for the future of this vital service. Libraries are an easy target for cuts but play an invaluable role in keeping our communities strong."

The decision to cut the budget for books, periodicals and newspapers was pushed through earlier in the year as part of the County's 2016/17 budget, facing fierce community opposition and a petition signed by over 1,500 people. While the the U-turn on library funding has been welcomed, the County Council will also have to resolve a £37 million black hole in next year's Budget caused mainly through the national government's austerity agenda. 

Jocelynne says, "we may have won a small victory, but the bigger battle is still to be fought."

U-Turn on library funding welcome, but more needs to be done.

Jocelynne Scutt, Labour's County Councillor for Arbury has welcomed the proposal to reinstate the £2300,00 budget for books, periodicals and newspaper, which was controversially cut last year, but also warns...

Cambridge City Council Leader, Cllr Lewis Herbert welcomes the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council to end the £1 charge for Park and Ride sites. 

Lewis says, "we welcome this decision as it will help cut congestion in Cambridge, a central aim of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, our three councils and of our wider community."

The charge introduced in 2015, resulted in a 15% fall in usage. The County has asked the Greater Cambridge Partnership to fund half the free Park and Ride plan, and the City Council will support the proposal to 2020. 

Lewis says, "we didn't get the chance to say it was the wrong move before it happened, and it may not be possible to reverse fully the 15% fall in Park and Ride usage that followed, but we urgently need Park and Rides boosted ahead of more being built in the future."

Labour City Council Leader supports County decision to end £1 charge for park and ride

Cambridge City Council Leader, Cllr Lewis Herbert welcomes the decision by Cambridgeshire County Council to end the £1 charge for Park and Ride sites. 

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