Uncertainty over the future of children’s centres in Brent

Cllr Muhammed Butt

Cllr Muhammed Butt - Credit: Archant

Children’s centres across Brent have been saved from the axe but there is no certainty that they will survive.

In his budget proposals, Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, has saved the 10 children centres on the condition that following a public consultation on how to provide for them in the future as an “outside organisation” will be found.

He said: “I am not looking for a private sector organisation to take it over. It’s about finding organisations that are already providing children’s.

“If I am unsuccessful I will have to revisit the situation. If no-one comes forward the proposals are back on the table because I need to find those savings.

Under original plans to look at £61million worth of savings from which £54m would be taken, 10 out of 17 children centres across the borough were facing the chop.

The centres are traditionally for pre-school children and have different facilities.

Most have toddler groups, classes and activities for parents and their children.

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They also run support groups and are a place where parents can meet new people and make friends.

Cllr Butt added: “I’ve had a 50per cent reduction for my children’s centres and I’ve managed so far to keep them all going.”

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