OPPOSITION councillors have demanded a special investigation into controversial Sure Start cuts.
Kirklees Council’s Labour Cabinet decided last week to slash spending on the 32 children’s centres in the district by £725,000.
But opposition councillors will today demand a special investigation into the proposal.
Seven councillors have signed a “call-in” notice – meaning a special cross-party panel will be set up to investigate the decision.
Clr Rochelle Parchment decided to launch the call-in after attending last Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall.
“I don’t believe the report was detailed enough for people to understand what it means for services at their children’s centre,” said the Dalton Lib Dem.
“It’s confusing for the residents who are worried about how it will affect them.”
Last week the Labour Cabinet agreed this week to cut £725,000 from the Sure Start budget in 2012/13.
This is on top of £630,000 of saving this year.
Kirklees had been due to spend £22.8m on its children’s centres from 2011 to 2013.
All 32 children’s centres will remain open but the exact details of services to be offered at each has yet to be decided.