The campaign to save the children’s centres in Lambeth, south London, continues despite the Labour council’s vote to go ahead with closures.
The next step is a demonstration on Sunday 24 March, from 10.30 at Windrush Square, Brixton.
A recent report by the UK’s “big five” charities has confirmed that our children’s services are in crisis. Tory austerity is falling hardest on the country’s poorest and most vulnerable families, at a time when demand for services is rising and more and more children need vital support in their early years.
Every one of the 1,000 children’s centres that have been closed provided not just a lifeline to families, but a space for communities to develop.
The closure of children’s centres — just like the closure of libraries — is part of a wider process of cuts which has seen the gradual elimination of public spaces and services in which people from various backgrounds can live and learn alongside each other. The result is entrenched social segregation, and, for many parents, social isolation.
Yet dozens of trade union branches and community campaigns are fighting back against cuts to children’s services.
A meeting to discuss linking up local campaigns into a national fightback has been called for Wednesday 27 March, 6 p.m. at Portcullis House.