Labour take the campaign to save our Children’s Centres to the heart of Westminster

Kathrine See with Tracey Brabin MP

Last week brought the revelation that Somerset County Council had already held a “Soft Marketing” event back in September and has a current advertisement on their procurement website asking for expressions of interest, from private providers, in running the 0-19 years services.

Leader of the County Council David Fothergill accused Labour of playing party politics and was reported as saying that there wasn’t a shred of evidence. However, on Monday West Somerset Labour’s secretary Kathrine See had a meeting in Parliament with the Shadow Minister for Early Years, Tracy Brabin, where a document was handed over proving that Virgin Care and several other private providers had attended the Council’s procurement event.

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen, stated that “It was a pleasure to meet with Kathrine to discuss the potential closure of Children’s Centres in West Somerset. It is of very serious concern to me that an area 324th on the social mobility index could lose these vital centres that support social mobility. Further, it appears that the local authority has questions to answer regarding contracts being advertised while the consultation is still ongoing. I will be keeping my eye on developments closely in the coming weeks”.

West Somerset Labours Kathrine See said that “It was fantastic to meet Tracy again. She is a warm and caring woman who genuinely cares about Early Years Provision and wants the best for our children. The campaign to save our Sure Start Centres is ongoing. This isn’t going to go away, and neither are we”.

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6 years ago

When is the public going to wake up and realise that if there was a real desire from the present government and its supporters to ensure adequate funding for all these vital services, they would do so. The figures are all there to see. We have just been given an insight on just how big the tax evasion is in this Country actually is and all this could be diverted where its needed. Those Billions of pounds should rightly be collected and distributed to support the Emergency Services, the NHS, Schools, Libraries and many other services to ensure that we have no-one sleeping rough and going without. Why is it not happening ? it can only be because of the vested interest of the few. It suits their purpose to keep everyone struggling. Where is the caring for the only just managing in society that we were promised? Even the labour party itself has big questions to answer over their time in office and just as much blame lies within. Jeremy Corbin must turn this on its head and ensure He does what is being promised and I hope He will be supported to do so once in Downing Street. To many we are in Victorian times once more , where is our modern , caring 21st century going?

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