Liberal Democrats have demanded that Haringey Council acts decisively and prioritises the interests of children when deciding any changes to the future arrangements for Haringey’s Children’s Centres. They have set out a five point plan to show Haringey Council the way forward and will be writing to all Children’s Centre heads to show their support:
1.Pressure the Government to guarantee long-term future funding.
2.Safeguard provision for disadvantaged children and those who have special educational needs.
3.Pledge that none of the wide-ranging existing services provided by these centres are cut.
4.Consult fully and transparently with parents and staff over the options and ensure decisions reflect this.
5.Provide assurances for staff that their jobs are secure.
Cllr Gail Engert, Lib Dem Children and Young People spokesperson, comments:
“Haringey Council needs to do all it can to make sure parents and staff are fully included in all discussions and decisions over the future of these excellent centres. Children attending deserve the best service possible and I’m yet to be convinced that tendering these out is the best option.”
Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, adds:
“I am extremely concerned about our local Children’s Centres’ future and who runs them.Yet again, Haringey Council have launched their proposals in their usual bull in a china shop fashion with scant regard for what parents really want.Yet again, it is the Lib Dems that have to lead the way on how to properly engage local residents in important decision that affect their future.”