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Save Oxfordshire's EIS Hubs & Children's Centres

Save Oxfordshire's EIS HubsOxfordshire County Council will vote to slash £8 million from its children's services budget on 16 February. The county's 44 children's centres, seven early intervention (EIS) hubs and six satellite hubs will shut. 420 highly skilled jobs are at risk. 

Our members working in the hubs are striking on 16 February to save the service. Join us on the picket line.

Cuts to children’s early intervention services are the falsest of false economies.  Our members work with some of the most marginalised children and young people in our communities. The services they provide are cheap to run. They are preventative. They protect children and young people from more costly interventions like social services, mental health services and prison. 


Help us stop the cuts to our children's services

 

  • Email your local councillor and MP today – click this link to find your councillors and MP: WriteToThem  Simply copy and paste the text below into the message box or write your own message. The more personal your message the more impact it will have.

  • Join Unite members on the picket line - Tuesday 16 February from 8am Oxford town hall, St Aldate's Oxford, OX1 1BX

  • Get the facts - download and share the flyer

Copy & Paste - Message to local Councillors

I am asking you, as my local Councillor (local MP) , to use your voice to stop Oxfordshire County Council destroying its top class children’s early intervention service. 

The county council’s proposals to shut down all 44 children’s centres, seven early intervention hubs and six satellite hubs, slashing £8 million from the children’s services budget are widely opposed by service users and staff alike.  

The jobs of 420 highly skilled workers are at risk. They have even prompted the prime minister, MP for Witney, to write to the council leader describing the cuts to ‘vital’ frontline services as ‘unwelcome’ and ‘counter-productive’. 

Cuts to children’s early intervention services are the falsest of false economies.  Providing only statutory levels of care is insufficient and short-sighted. Problems left to escalate will become more complex and entrenched, and therefore expensive. By helping young people, children and their families early, these services protect them from more costly interventions like mental health and NHS services, and prison.

While we welcome Ian Hudspeth, leader of the council explaining to Mr Cameron that his government’s 37 per cent cut in local authority funding since 2010 is ‘no slight fall’, with even deeper central government cuts to come, this cannot be an excuse for Councillors to sit on their hands and ignore the pleas of those they represent. 

I am urging you and your fellow Councillors to find an alternative solution to these damaging cuts and to save Oxfordshire’s County Council’s top class children’s early intervention service. 

Please get back to me to let me know that you are opposed to the £8 million cuts to Oxfordshire County Council’s children’s early intervention service budget.

 Yours sincerely,