- @NickyShepard tweeted link to Children's Centres. 2017-07-10 21:00:58 +0100No Children's Centre Cuts. http://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/no_childrens_centre_cuts?recruiter_id=857413,431 signatures
We the undersigned call upon Cambridgeshire County Council to halt its review of children’s centres.
This review is being driven by a misguided council decision to cut £1 million from children’s centre budgets.
There are wide gaps in the achievement of children in Cambridgeshire, and children’s centres have for many years provided support and guidance to families which can help narrow these gaps. They provide good value early help services, which can prevent children from needing more expensive services later. They also provide crucial support to parents and other care-givers: knowing that a local children’s centre is there when it is needed can be a life-saver.
The current proposals will lead to a significant reduction in support for families across Cambridgeshire. They are being driven by pressure for budget cuts, and we call upon councillors to oppose them and to ensure parents of young children get the support they need when they need it.
Nicky Shepard for Abbey
Nicky Shepard has been an active campaigner for years, campaigning for road safety in Cambridge and against senseless cuts to school crossing patrols. She is also working to highlight continued austerity measures of Cambridgeshire County Council that are causing great harm to the Children’s Services, adult social care in the region and having a terrible knock-on effect on our NHS. She has recently called on the City Deal Board to publish a comprehensive plan for Newmarket Road to reduce congestion and poisonous fumes.
Nicky says: “There is so much work we need to do. Our country is broken, we cannot survive another four years of austerity. We need to take action now to fight a hard Brexit and ensure that we preserve the Britain we love for generations to come.”
Nicky has lived in Cambridgeshire for 15 years and has been involved in community activity for most of the last 10. She and her husband have two small children, who attend the local primary school. Nicky attends St Barnabas Church in Cambridge and is a member of the local resident’s association.
In her free time, she likes to read, play games with her family and can often be seen watching her boys play football. Nicky is also learning to knit, it isn't going very well..