Parents fail to stop children’s centre closures

07 November 2019

Campaigners fighting the closure of 19 children’s centres in Buckinghamshire have lost their High Court battle – clearing the way for the county council to replace 35 children’s centres with 16 family centres.

A judge ruled the campaigners did not have a case, and their request for permission to appeal was also rejected.

The new service, which came into effect in September, includes 16 new family centres, and more targeted provision for families with challenges such as drug and alcohol misuse.

Warren Whyte, Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, insisted the new service ‘integrates the general support we provide to local families with a more targeted approach for those who need a higher level of help from us’.

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