Chil­dren’s cen­tres set for takeovers

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN’S cen­tres are set to be run by schools and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions as a coun­cil looks to ‘em­power com­mu­ni­ties’ in a bid to tackle de­pri­va­tion.

A to­tal of five chil­dren’s cen­tres in Bury are up for grabs in the first stage of the com­mu­nity as­set trans­fer process.

This comes af­ter the coun­cil agreed to al­low a Jewish char­ity to take over Sed­g­ley

Chil­dren’s Cen­tre in Prest­wich.

Lo­cal au­thor­ity chiefs have hailed the ‘brave’ pro­posal as an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove out­comes for chil­dren across the bor­ough.

But some say that it smacks of ‘ab­di­cat­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity’.

Coun Tamoor Tariq, cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, told a scru­tiny com­mit­tee why the coun­cil is tak­ing the new ap­proach. He said: “What we want to do is, not to take away the ser­vices in chil­dren’s cen­tres, but to im­prove and build up from them. There are things we need to ad­dress.”

The cen­tres in­cluded op­er­ate from Broad Oak High School and But­ter­stile, Rad­cliffe Hall CE Methodist and Wood­bank pri­mary schools, as well as one in Corona­tion Road in Rad­cliffe.

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