Children’s Centre Closures will ‘take our city backwards’

Ruth Smeeth MP has slammed plans by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to close six children’s centres across the city.

The Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove, fears the cuts could impact on the life chances of young people across Stoke-on-Trent.

And she said that the city’s poor performance in this years Ofsted report means we should be investing more, not less, in early years support.

It was recently revealed that the number of children in early years’ education achieving a good level of development is well below the national average.

Ruth said: ‘These cuts will have a devastating impact on our young people and on educational attainment across our city.

Childrens centres play a vital role in supporting children and parents to give our kids the best start in life. Losing this service will be a huge blow to local families and will take our city backwards.’

This is an act of educational sabotage by a reckless administration. By squandering millions of pounds in the council's reserves they have left themselves with a financial black hole, and our children are paying the price.’