Munt and Council leader in row over children's centres funding
war of words has broken out between Somerset County Council and
Burnham-On-Sea MP Tessa Munt over statements she made in the House
of Commons regarding financial cuts to children's centres.
in Parliament, Tessa said: "May we have a debate about Somerset
County Council's rush to axe children's centres when it has done
a skewed consultation, questions were loaded, and the staff have
report shows that it does not even know how many children are
affected, and the only failings in the Ofsted report for the two
children's centres that I have seen were caused by the council's
failings to resource them."
the angry Conservative leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr
John Osman, says the MP's comments are "sadly typical, misinformed
and blatantly playing party politics."
added: "An extensive consultation exercise has already been
undertaken asking users of the children's centres their views.
We have decided to go further and launch specific consultations
in each children's centre."
Member for Children and Families, Cllr Frances Nicholson, added:
"Tessa Munt MP fails to understand that we have proposed
to put £1million more into frontline services and employ
30 new members of staff."
will do this by reducing spending on bureaucracy and building
costs. Spending money on services rather than bureaucracy is surely
something we can all agree upon."
final decision on the future of childrens centres has been put