MP backs Sure Start

MANSFIELD’S MP has called on the Prime Minister to live up to pre-election promises to protect Sure Start children’s centres.

Sir Alan Meale has written to David Cameron after research revealed that a minimum of 47 centres nationally have been earmarked for closure before April 2012.

Figures also show highly qualified staff in the centres are being laid off by councils as they try to deal with budget cuts from Westminster.

Sir Alan said: “Sure Start children’s centres in Mansfield are a vital part of the community, where parents and carers can access quality childcare and early learning activities, as well as many other services which support them in bringing up their child.

“I hope that my letter to the Prime Minister will make him see sense and make sure that these services are not lost, as he promised he would before the election.”