Kenilworth’s children’s centres are preparing for a closer future - but can only work together if funding covers basic services, it has been warned.
The centres across Warwickshire are currently under threat as the council seeks to slash the budgets in order to save £2.3 million each year
Warwickshire County Council executive last week approved a bid for its centres to work in closer partnerships and share management to avoid making any closures.
As the decision was called in by Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors, the future for the Bertie Road and St John’s facilities are still very much up in the air.
But it may not be all bad news for the town, provided the basic funding remains in place to give families support they need, warn councillors.
Ann Blacklock, (Lib Dem, Abbey) said the two centres are already looking to pull together to create a strong future but need help to do so.
“Budgets have been cut for the past three years and these services are already running on a shoestring,” she said.
“They are already looking to working more closely together but would rather not do so with a gun to their heads.
“There is nothing left to give but they are doing all they can. Sadly this decision will only mean cuts into core services, which is very bad news for our families.
“They can work together to give the very best to our families, but only if the county council keeps in enough funding to keep services alive.”