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Oxfordshire children's centre campaigners ask to address county council meeting
7:30am Monday 4th November 2013 in News
CHILDREN’S centre campaigners have made a bid to speak at Oxfordshire County Council’s full meeting tomorrow.
Emma Taylor and Sue Richards applied on Thursday to make their case to save the 37 of 44 centres across Oxfordshire, which could be shut to help plug a £61m black hole in the budget.
The two helped launch the Save Oxfordshire’s Children’s Centres campaign last month.
Mrs Taylor, a children’s centre volunteer of three years, said: “I have had an insight to the children’s centres which councillors may not have and I know of the need for mothers and families and I would like to illuminate them.
“It has become clear that people don’t fully understand what children’s centres do and the importance of their work.
“Councillors can’t vote properly if they don’t understand properly what it is that will be cut.”
The county council will decide today if they will be allowed to speak at the meeting.
The council meeting tomorrow starts at 10am at County Hall, in New Road, Oxford.
A day of action against the cuts has also been planned by the Oxford People’s Assembly for tomorrow. Members are due to protest outside County Hall from 9.30am before a mock trial of council leader Ian Hudspeth in Bonn Square at 11am.
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