A campaign aimed at saving children’s centres from closure has been launched by a regional daily.
The Argus, Brighton, made a front-page plea, pictured below, in yesterday’s edition as Brighton and Hove City Council considers merging centres, which could lead to four being shut down, in a bid to make savings ahead of the 2015/16 budget being set.
The authority has also suggested shutting down baby groups, cutting back on staff and reducing health visits for youngsters which could affect thousands of families.
The campaign was suggested by senior reporter Flora Thompson and assistant news editor Arron Hendy after fears were voiced by parents that their children would suffer as a result of the cuts.
A final decision on the proposals will be made by the council at the end of February.
The campaign was given the green light by Mike Gilson – the newly appointed Argus editor who takes up his post next month.
Said Mike: “Parenting can be a minefield whatever your situation, so to hear the lifelines for families in our city face major reductions is worrying.
“We know from the sheer amount of people we have spoken to this is not a popular suggestion, and it could have very real consequences for parents and children.
“They need a voice and someone to fight their cause, which is why we have launched the Save Our Centres campaign today.”