The Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny
Select Committee this week heard personal accounts from
parents and the considered views of experts on the
proposals for the future of Warwickshire’s Children’s
The Committee wanted to scrutinise the council’s proposals
for a new delivery model for the early years offer of
services for children aged 0-5 years and their families
that lays out savings of £2.3m across the children’s
The Select Committee spent the day on Wednesday 14 August
listening and questioning a wide range of views surrounding
the funding and operation of the centres.
Cllr Bob Hicks, Chair of Children and Young People’s
Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “We wanted to listen
directly to the parents of families who attend the
children’s centres and to professional evidence from
council officers, representatives from Public Health and
the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust to get a full
understanding of the issues involved.
“We were impressed with the level of detail of the evidence
provided and we were grateful for the time and commitment
everyone put into putting forward their views.
“This is a difficult balancing act between retaining the
highest possible level of service and having to face up to
the realities of tight budgets.
“We are facing the difficulties of reduced budgets and the
choices are not easy. Today we heard valuable detailed
evidence and we do not wish to rush into shaping our
observations so we will be reconvening in the next few days
to form our recommendations which we will then put to the
Cabinet for their full consideration.”
The consultation is currently on-going until 27 August and
is available to complete at
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consultation. That will also
inform recommendations that go to Cabinet.
As well as completing the questionnaire, residents can feed
comment or questions through their Children’s Centres or
through Ann Mawdsley, Senior Democratic Services Officer,
01926 418079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.