Jobs and services to be cut at children’s centres

JOBS will go and services will be axed at children’s centres in Bolton as Town Hall bosses look for more ways to save money in the face of multi-million pound budget cuts.

But none of the borough’s 18 children centres will shut — and essential support services for the most vulnerable families will remain, chiefs say.

Bolton Council is facing cuts of £43.6 million, and the children’s services department has to save £5.5 million — £1.5 million of which will be come from changing the way children’s centres operate.

Under the proposals 41 posts will be axed — 12 of which are already vacant — and three new posts as well as three temporary posts will be created.

The majority of redundancies are expected to be voluntary.

There are plans to remove all “non-assessed family support services” such as stay and play from children’s centres, which are open to all toddlers and parents regardless of need.

But it is hoped these activities will be taken over and new ones will be introduced by schools and community groups .

Temporary staff will be appointed to help those wanting to run activities for pre-school children.

Other family support services for vulnerable children and families who need support will remain and parents will be advised to use them.

Health services will be unchanged.

John Daly, the council’s assistant director of children’s services, said: “We are not closing any of the centres, whereas other authorities are closing one third to a half of their centres.”

Education bosses urged local groups and people to get involved with the proposals and help to “fill the gap”.

Mr Daly said: “This will make the changes less painful than they potentially could be.”

The proposals will now go to consultation and department director Margaret Asquith urged people to have their say.

The deputy leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Linda Thomas, said the cuts would involve reducing the management structure and merging roles, leading to a reduction in staff.

She said the plan was to “manage the impact of these unprecedented cuts imposed on us by government as fairly as possible in these draconian times.”

She added: “Our aim is to minimise the impact on frontline service delivery wherever possible.”

Cllr Thomas said staff, unions, customers, residents and partner organisations would be consulted.

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9:57am Thu 31 Jan 13

georgethebrave says...

Cuts to this, cuts to that but hang on didn't the bandit Margaret Asquith just receive a massive pay rise on top of her £130 odd grand? Maybe if she took a pay cut the books may be easier to balance, and what does she do for that money anyway, sit on her huge posterior eating cakes? The illuminate is living and breathing in Bolton, a new world order of elitists looking after themselves while the poor freeze and starve!
Cuts to this, cuts to that but hang on didn't the bandit Margaret Asquith just receive a massive pay rise on top of her £130 odd grand? Maybe if she took a pay cut the books may be easier to balance, and what does she do for that money anyway, sit on her huge posterior eating cakes? The illuminate is living and breathing in Bolton, a new world order of elitists looking after themselves while the poor freeze and starve! georgethebrave
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1:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

steveG says...

How the highly paid Council Management are able to look their colleagues in the face is beyond belief.

There should be no one in local councils earning above £50,000 per year.
How the highly paid Council Management are able to look their colleagues in the face is beyond belief. There should be no one in local councils earning above £50,000 per year. steveG
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7:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

underwater says...

Why does Bolton need any childrens centres,. Let the parents look after there own kids, and if they find it hard work they might stop having them. Its all too easy, they can go to these centres and get all the help they need. Shut the lot of them and let us have our LIBRARY back.
Why does Bolton need any childrens centres,. Let the parents look after there own kids, and if they find it hard work they might stop having them. Its all too easy, they can go to these centres and get all the help they need. Shut the lot of them and let us have our LIBRARY back. underwater
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7:26am Fri 1 Feb 13

hoboh2o says...

Hang on am I missing something here, did the Fat controller not say that all front line services were ring fenced from cuts?
I note that the deputy 'Don' from the Halliwell mafia is handling this hot potato
Hang on am I missing something here, did the Fat controller not say that all front line services were ring fenced from cuts? I note that the deputy 'Don' from the Halliwell mafia is handling this hot potato hoboh2o
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7:49am Fri 1 Feb 13

hatonfire says...

No hobo h2o the Fat Controller (Eric Pickles) did not say that. He said because I've slashed your money there will be plenty more cuts to come and I suppose a few more shops will close but so what.

In other news it was announced yesterday that there are 4000 fewer police than there were this time last year and the closing of A&Es have started. Somewhere in the south, I forget where.
No hobo h2o the Fat Controller (Eric Pickles) did not say that. He said because I've slashed your money there will be plenty more cuts to come and I suppose a few more shops will close but so what. In other news it was announced yesterday that there are 4000 fewer police than there were this time last year and the closing of A&Es have started. Somewhere in the south, I forget where. hatonfire
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12:40am Sat 2 Feb 13

iseethings says...

is clifford morris involved...
is clifford morris involved... iseethings
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