Westminster Conservatives are planning another £550,000 cut from Children’s Centres, Play and Youth Services in 2016/17 following the £750,000 cut planned for April onwards.
These new cuts are revealed in a report to a Cabinet meeting on Monday 23rd February which says that in 2016/17:
– Children’s Centres will lose another £191,000 (to be added to the £474,000 cut in 2015/16)
– Youth Services will lose another £197,000 (to be added to the £125,000 cut in 2015/16)
– Play Services will lose another £170,000 and £30,000 in 2017/18 (to be added to the £152,000 cut in 2015/16)
In total, £588,000 will be cut from Children’s Centres, Play and Youth Services in 2016/17 and 2017/18. A total of £1,339,000 will be cut over the three years from 2014/15 – 2017/18.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“The Conservatives have decided to target children, young people and their parents for big cuts to front-line services. There can be no excuse for these heartless, year-on-year cuts to basic services for some of the most vulnerable Westminster residents. Labour would cut the Council’s bloated and unneccesary spin and publicity operations which no one wants or needs and use the money saved to save these highly regarded services.”