Cabinet recommends all children centres remain open
Changes in staffing expected to be made public early next month
THE Royal Borough's cabinet accepted the findings of a public consultation and recommended all 13 children centres remain open, despite the need for around £2m in savings.
The Government's Sure Start grant is coming to an end and the council is looking into ways to "deliver the same quality of service, but more efficiently".
Results of the survey, which was completed by almost 1,000 people, delivered an indisputable thumbs up and at Windsor Guildhall tonight (Thursday) cabinet members queued up to praise the good service currently on offer.
Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member for children's services, said: "I believe that we can continue to provide an excellent service and we are asking to keep all children's centres open and operational."
In the second part of the meeting, from which the press and public are excluded, the cabinet were due to discuss how, and where, these savings might be made.
It is understood savings could come in the form of shared management of services, which could mean job cuts, using the buildings for other community use and charging those residents who can afford to pay for some sessions.
Cllr Eileen Quick indicated she hoped staff at the centres would be clear of the new structure and job safety on May 9.
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 26 Apr 12