Budget cuts affecting children’s centres, charity finds

Around a third of children’s centres said that the budget cuts would mean they were unable to reach as many families as before. In addition, 28 per cent were resorting to charging for services that were previously free.

Imelda Redmond, chief executive of the charity 4Children, said: “I hope this census provides the wake-up call that is needed to turn the tide and encourage investment in both targeted support and universal services so that all families can find the help they need."

She added: “The full potential of children’s centres has yet to be realised.

“It is time to build on the excellent work they already do by bringing together family services such as health, employment support and relationship support to give families the strong foundations they need to thrive.”

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