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New early help service for children and families in Buckinghamshire to go ahead after call-in is rejected

| February 2, 2018

Proposed changes to children’s early help services in Buckinghamshire are to go ahead after a ‘call-in’ of the changes was rejected.

A special meeting of Buckinghamshire County Council’s Children’s Social Care and Learning Select Committee, held at 10.30am on Friday 2nd February 2018 rejected a ‘call-in’ of the changes.

The ‘call-in’ procedure for challenging Council decisions was triggered by four back bench County Councillors (Julia Wassell, Chaudhary Ditta, Martin Farrow and Niknam Hussain).

The proposed changes are expected to yield savings of £3.07m over four years for the County Council with the creation of nine community team bases to replace the current network of thirty five Children’s Centres.

The team bases will replace some of the current children’s centres and will be located at :

  • Aylesbury, covering the Quarrendon area.
  • Aylesbury Southcourt, Aylesbury College Campus, Oxford Road.
  • Aylesbury Elmhurst, Dunsham Lane.
  • Buckingham: this team base will be established as part of the options being explored for co-location of a variety of public sector services.
  • Burnham, Minniecroft Road.
  • Chesham Newtown, Berkhampstead Road.
  • Wycombe Castlefield, Rutland Avenue, Castlefield.
  • Wycombe Millbrook, Mill End Road.
  • Wycombe Hamilton Road.

Over the next six months the County Council will engage in discussions with local communities, schools and early years providers will look at how the remaining 28 buildings can be used in the future for the maximum benefit of children, families and communities.

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