JOBS could go as Kirklees Council slashes nearly £1.5m from its children’s centres budget.
Officials have drawn up a plan to reduce services in the richer parts of the district to help cope with the public spending squeeze.
Kirklees had been due to spend £22.8m on its children’s centres from 2011 to 2013. But officers have drawn up a plan to slash this by 6%.
Officials have proposed cutting £630,000 this financial year, with another £800,000 reduction in 2012/13.
Officers believe the savings can be made by “reducing management and overhead costs”.
The council’s Cabinet will meet next week to decide whether to launch a consultation on the plan.
Officials plan to split children’s centres in Kirklees into two categories.
There would be 15 “lead” centres in deprived areas offering a full range of support and advice on issues including health, education, domestic violence and teenage pregnancy.
The other 17 children’s centres, in richer parts of Kirklees, would be reclassified as “associate” and would offer fewer services.
Kirklees Cabinet member for families Clr Cath Harris said yesterday: “As the proposal makes clear, we are looking to explore different ways in which we can support parents, carers and the voluntary and community sector in helping us deliver services.
“This is part of our strong desire to continue providing access to a wide range of services for everybody who needs them.”
The Cabinet will decide whether to launch a consultation on the changes at its meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall from 4pm on Tuesday.
Clr Harris said: “The consultation would be comprehensive and very important – we would want to hear views from absolutely anyone with an interest in these services.
“All feedback would be carefully considered as we moved towards a making final decision next year on family support.”
KIRKLEES officers have proposed linking “lead” children’s centres in poorer areas with “associate” centres in richer areas nearby.
These groupings include:
Golcar as lead children’s centre with Slaithwaite as associate
Crosland Moor with Holme Valley North
Ravensthorpe with Mirfield
The Chestnut Centre at Deighton with Paddock and Lindley
Newsome with Almondbury and Holme Valley South
Huddersfield town centre with Rawthorpe and Dalton
Thornhill with Denby Dale and Kirkburton.