Kenilworth’s children’s centres cannot be sacrificed because the town is ‘well off’, insist councillors.
District councillors have defended the town against claims that families are in less need for social help than elsewhere in the county.
Warwickshire County Council proposes changes to children’s services to save £2.3m next year. This could include closures or mergers and threaten centres on Bertie Road and at St John’s.
Councillors from across the county fighting it out to keep the remaining cash in their own towns have branded Kenilworth as in less need because of its wealthy appearance.
The suggestion has already been blasted by Kenilworth town councillors who have made it clear the need is just as real in their town as anywhere else, as families fear the loss of vital services.
And speaking at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday, Cllr Ann Blacklock (Lib Dem, Abbey) said: “We have two children’s centres which are preparing to work much more closely together. We would rather not be doing that with a gun held to our heads, but it is happening.
“There has been talk that some centres are more important that others and that is simply not the case.
“The problems faced by young families are the same, regardless of financial background and we see people from all walks of life.
“Many parents have said they would not continue to use the services if they had to pay. That would be to the detriment of the children and it just seems totally wrong.”
Warwick District Council will write to the county council urging that any decisions are put off for a year to investigate alternative options.
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