The axe could fall on a number of children’s centres across Derbyshire under controversial cost-cutting plans.
Derbyshire County Council (DCC) is to launch a public consultation on proposals to close seven unidentified centres to save £1.1m.
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In addition, the consultation will consider plans to start charging parents to use children’s centres and possible job cuts.
The centres provide a number of services including education and daycare for under-fives and health and jobs advice for parents.
DCC is having to make a raft of “devastating” decisions in a bid to slash £157m from its budget over the next four years because of Government cuts.
On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Andy Slack said: “The unfairness of the Government grant settlement means inevitable casualties sadly.”
Kelly Cameron added: “Maybe the bigwigs should cut their bonuses.”
DCC leader Councillor Anne Western said: “We really don’t want to make these devastating cuts – we don’t relish this at all.
“We’re facing massive financial pressures like never before and that means we’ve got some difficult decisions to make.”
Councillors look set to approve the five-week consultation, starting on May 12 and ending on June 17, when they meet next week.