HAMPSHIRE County Council plans to offload 44 SureStart children’s centres.
The council, which must save £55m in 2011-12, hopes the plan, which will see centres across The News’ region taken over by schools, voluntary groups or the private sector, will help save £6m.
A final decision has not been made, but the council will consult on the proposals from January 31 to March 14, with a final decision made in April.
The announcement comes after the council admitted negotiations between it and trades union Unison over overtime pay, have broken down.
It hopes to save £3.2m by stopping overtime for Saturdays and weekdays, currently set at time and a half.
It is considering laying off, then re-employing, 5,500 staff. Their new contracts would not include overtime for Saturdays and weekdays.
Sunday pay would be time and a half.