Alison McGovern MP was in Liverpool today to meet with the city’s Cabinet Member for Children Jane Corbett, Cabinet Member for Fairness and Inclusion Frank Hont and Children’s Centre Manager Liz Parsons to listen to parents about what Surestart children’s centres have done for them and what they have meant to their lives.
The meeting also marked the launch of a petition that will be delivered to the Government about funding for children’s centres in the city. The petition will be delivered by parents on Friday 27th February in a response to the threats the centres in the city are currently facing.
Speaking of the launch of the petition Alison said: “Liverpool and the Wirral have seen unfair cuts made to their Local Authority under this government. In my role as Shadow Minister for Children and Families, I wanted to hear directly from parents on what these centres have meant to them. I fully support this petition and the campaign. What really struck me today, listening to parents, was how children’s centres are so much more than just centres for children. They have really provided essential support to families who really need it.”
She added: “The amount of good that they do for families was very clear to see from this meeting. I hope the government gives this petition the attention it deserves. The cuts the government have imposed on the budgets of local authorities such as Wirral and Liverpool are of great concern to the people I met today. I hope the Government listen seriously to their concerns.”