Sarah fights on for ChildrenÔÇÖs Centres


Continuing the fight to save Rotherham's Children's Centres, local MP Sarah Champion has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove. In the midst of the consultation on proposed closures of 13 of the 22 buildings for the 2015/16 budget year, Sarah is campaigning hard to retain these vital frontline services for Rotherham's children.

In her letter Sarah expressed her grave concerns that the reductions to the Sure Start service may cause deep harm that will last a generation, she wrote: If Rotherham is to move forward, it is crucial that we ensure that our children are given the best possible start.

Rotherham has suffered greatly during the recent economic downturn and from cuts to local funding. The constituency that I serve has the 33rd highest unemployment in the UK and is in the top 100 constituencies for child poverty. The Borough as a whole is ranked the 53rd most deprived in Britain.

I would urge the Department for Education to consider any funding options that may be available to protect this essential service and to continue to support the children of Rotherham.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council last week reported an encouraging response to the consultation process with over 540 online responses as well as around 400 on paper.

This is testament to the impact that these services have on our community, said Sarah and I really want to urge everyone that hasn't already done so to engage with the consultation and fight for these invaluable resources: the early intervention they provide is absolutely crucial at a time when the opportunity to enhance a child's development is at its greatest.

We must continue to stand up to this Government that doesn't understand or care about the impact its decisions are having on communities like Rotherham.

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