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SALFORD NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS TAKE FIGHT TO PARLIAMENT
 

Star date: 18th April 2018

FIGHT FOR THE FIVE CAMPAIGNERS HEAD TO WESTMINSTER

A coach load of Save Our Nursery campaigners will be heading to Parliament next Wednesday 25th April for a meeting with MPs in the Palace of Westminster and to urge the Government to be flexible over its new funding formula.

It is also hoped that Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will pressure Theresa May to respond at Prime Minister's Question Time on the same day.

Full details here...


The campaign to save five Salford City Council nurseries is set to go national next week when a coach with a delegation of parents, workers and politicians heads to Parliament.

Salford Council and Mayor Paul Dennett proposed closing the OFSTED rated 'outstanding' nurseries, arguing that changes to the Early Years funding formula would leave a huge funding gap.

A consultation on the closures was due to go ahead but, after a big public meeting opposed the plans, the Mayor did a U-turn, originally postponing the consultation for a month, and then finding £1.5million to keep them open for a further year.*

Meanwhile, a new consultation has started with closure removed as an option, although third party involvement is on the agenda, despite campaigners stating they will oppose any form of privatisation.

In the background to the campaign is political backbiting, as the Government has said it might be 'flexible' on how the new funding formula is used, but that Salford Council hadn't actually asked for flexibility, despite blaming the Government for the proposed closures.

The Mayor did finally write to the Government in a joint letter with Salford Conservative Party Leader, Les Turner, and a reply has been received, although this has not been made public. The Salford Star understands that the response stated that Government officials would meet the Council to discuss the matter.

Now the campaign looks set to be at the centre of a political battle, with Rebecca Long-Bailey having organised a meeting of MPs in the Palace of Westminster at 1pm on 25th April, at which campaigners will put their case 'why cuts to council nursery funding need to end'.

The delegation also hopes to meet directly with representatives of the Government, while Jeremy Corbyn is set to ask a question, set by a campaigner, directly at Prime Minister's Question Time to put further pressure on the Education Department to be flexible in its funding which favours private nurseries over local authority nurseries.


* For a full background on the Save Our Salford Nurseries campaign see previous related Salford Star articles and links...

Salford Council Consults on Nursery 'Alternatives' - click here

Massive U-turn by Salford Mayor to Keep Nurseries Open - click here

Hundreds March To Save Salford Nurseries - click here

Salford Mayor Finally Asks Government For Nurseries Funding Flexibility - click here


Photo by Gareth Lyons

Felsey wrote
at 08:56:35 on 19 April 2018
Inspirational action group. I wish you every success in London. It is time to bang the drum. Make them hear you loud and clear. We must give power to the people. Salford has taken enough pain.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 15:32:02 on 18 April 2018
It is obvious that these nurseries will remain open. The people have spoken and too much shit will drop on the toes of anyone who thinks otherwise. The question is ,who was to blame for this fiasco in the first place. I suspect that there was some funding type ambiguity that the labour mob tried to exploit and blame the tories for to gain political browny points. There again ,I would say somthing like that wouldn't I. Why the secrecy ? Could be a joint cock up here, Labour council which is cock up specialist, run by cock up mayor, and tory cock up government run by cock up tess. This explains why our so called tory opposition councillors are helping cover it all up.
 
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