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Bromley Children and Family Centres 

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Bromley Council has voted to massively cut back its Children and Family Centres as part of its 2011-13 cuts plan.

The council had planned to open 23 centres over three phases, but had already voted to reduce phase three from seven centres to two centres, saving £600k in 2011/12. The council has now voted to cut the entire programme back to just three centres across the borough - two in areas of deprivation, plus one borough-wide centre for children with disabilities.

Bromley has already opened a number of Children and Family Centres, many of which will now close. They bring together all the different support agencies to offer a range of free services to meet the needs of children under five and their parents/carers in one place.

The centres are designed to allow children to learn as they play. Parents/carers can access professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities or just socialise with other people.

Cutting back to three centres across the borough will save the council £2.8m in 2012/13.

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