Decision brings new hope for centres

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A scrutiny committee call-in initiated by Labour councillors over the decision to close nine children’s centres has succeeded.

Suffolk County Council’s scrutiny committee, which met yesterday, decided to refer the decision back to the cabinet.

The ruling was made by chairman James Finch after a split vote.

This comes two weeks after cabinet members voted to close the nine centres, including Woodlands in Glemsford and Brett Rivers in Hadleigh.

The decision was called in by five Labour county councillors who argued that the ruling contravened the council’s duty to provide children’s centre where there is sufficient public need.

The decision was made to move, and in some areas fragment, the service to alternative locations.

Campaigners hoped the scrutiny committee would vote against the cabinet decision to spark a full council debate.