Ipswich MP Sandy Martin raised the issue of proposed cuts to children's services to Theresa May at yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions.
"In the run-up to the 2010 general election, the Conservatives in my constituency claimed that no children’s centres would close, and yet, within a matter of months, they were closing them and downgrading those that remained," said Mr Martin.
"Now Suffolk County Council is proposing to close half of those that remain, leaving just four full-time children’s centres in Ipswich out of the original nine. So will the Prime Minister tell us what sort of guarantees the Government can give on any future policies that they want the British people to believe?" Mr Martin continued.
"Obviously, we recognise the importance of ensuring that children have access to high-quality care. We have been putting extra money into social care, including for children. But it is also about the sorts of services that are delivered." the Prime Minister replied.
It is important for us that we have taken a number of steps to improve the facilities that are available for looking after children in communities where those children require that—for example, the standards we have set for social workers.Prime Minister Theresa May in response to Ipswich MP Sandy Martin
Mrs May also noted that children’s services ratings have improved under the Conservative Government: "We do see the number of children’s services that are rated “outstanding” growing across the country. I think that is important; that is a Government who are actually looking at the issues that matter to parents and to children."
Earlier this week, Suffolk County Council announced plans to close a third of children's centres across the county.
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