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Children’s centres set to go part-time in council budget cuts announced

PUBLISHED: 15:32 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 02 February 2015

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The children’s centres earmarked to become part-time to slash costs have been revealed in council papers.

Redbridge Council wants to introduce a new “hubs” and “spokes” model by reducing the number of full-time children’s centres it runs in the borough from 15 across 21 sites to eight, axing 30 full-time posts and saving around £1million on staff.

A report due to go before the council’s children and young people service committee on Thursday said the new model would “ensure no children’s centre in Redbridge would be closed and services will continue to be delivered through co-production with our partner agencies”.

In Ilford North, Cranbrook, Newbury and Hainault would continue as “fully-functioning chidlren’s centres”, providing services to spoke centres Gearies, Redbridge, Peabody, Fullwell and Forest.

In the west of the borough, Orchard and Aldersbrook will be “hubs” while Ray Lodge, Oakdale and Wanstead will be “spokes”.

And in Ilford South, Loxford and Thackeray will be “hubs” while Albert Road, St Luke’s, Chadwell and All Saints will be part-time.

The report said spokes would act as delivery points for activities identifed by “local need”.

It said: “This would mean in practice delivering services to identified target groups, for example lone parents, and identified priorities, for example reducing obesity.”

The plans were first mooted in the council’s initial budget proposals, published at the beginning of the year.

While the proposals will see the removal of 30.5 full time posts, nine positions are currently filled by agency, meaning the real number is 21.5 full-time equivalent staff will be made redundant – reducing the staffing budget from £2.771m to £1.726m.


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