PEOPLE are being urged to make their views known on proposals to change how children’s centres operate.
Portsmouth City Council has axed £1.9m its budget for the centres and has been consulting on the proposals.
The council is proposing to cut the 16 centres to nine by merging some, looking at whether to provide more services in people’s homes and in community venues, or introduce charges for some services.
Cllr Rob Wood, who is in charge of children services for the city, said: ‘Overall, we’re seeing an increase in funding for very young children in Portsmouth. But the government has moved money away from children’s centres, towards providing more day-care places for two-year-olds.
‘We believe in children’s centres and know they’re important to local people. But services have to be good value for money.
‘We have to concentrate on services, not buildings, and the families who will benefit most from support.
‘We want people to tell us their views and are listening carefully to what they say.’
To have their say, residents can go to portsmouth.gov.uk/childrenscentrereview or call 023 9268 8570 before March 13.